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Here is a have a look at the lifetime of Larry Ellison, co-founder, govt chairman and chief know-how officer of Oracle.


Birth date: August 17, 1944

Birth place: New York, New York

Full identify: Lawrence Joseph Ellison

Father: Adoptive – Louis Ellison, an accountant; Birth – an Italian-American air pressure pilot

Mother: Adoptive – Lillian (Spellman) Ellison, aunt of his start mom, Florence Spellman

Marriages: Melanie Craft (2003-2010, divorced); Barbara Boothe (1983-1987, divorced); Nancy Wheeler (1977-1978, divorced); Adda Quinn (1967-1974, divorced)

Children: with Barbara Boothe: David and Megan

Education: Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1962-1964; Attended University of Chicago, 1966

Other Facts

Ellison realized at age 12 that he had been adopted when he was 9 months previous by his start mom’s aunt and uncle.

Florence Spellman, Ellison’s start mom, was 19 years previous and never married to Ellison’s start father, whom Ellison has by no means met.

Ellison is a licensed pilot and owns a number of airplanes.

Oracle is the world’s second largest software program firm, second solely to Microsoft.

The inspiration for Oracle got here from a 1976 white paper by IBM Research, which posited the potential of a relational database administration system.


1977 Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates discovered Software Development Laboratories (SDL), and are contracted by the CIA to construct a database program code-named “Oracle.” The firm’s identify is later modified to Relational Technologies, then Oracle Corporation.

1977 Becomes CEO of Oracle Corporation.

1978-1996 President of Oracle.

1986 Oracle goes public, elevating $31.5 million in its preliminary public providing.

1990-1992 First stint as chairman of the board.

December 25, 1991 Is left with a damaged neck, punctured lung, and different accidents whereas bodysurfing in Hawaii.

1995-2004 Second stint as chairman of the board.

1997 – Founds The Ellison Medical Foundation, a non-revenue that helps biomedical analysis on age-associated illnesses and disabilities.

August 11, 2000 Founds Oracle Racing, Inc., a sailboat racing syndicate.

February 14, 2010 Wins the thirty third America’s Cup together with his BMW Oracle Racing team.

August 4, 2010 – The Giving Pledge — a motion led by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates — reveals that Ellison has pledged to offer away “at least 95%” of his wealth to charity.

June 21, 2012 According to a press release from the governor of Hawaii, Ellison has purchased 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lana’i.

September 25, 2013 – Oracle Team USA, backed by Ellison, comes from behind to win and successfully defend the America’s Cup. The workforce was given a two level penalty and fined $250,000 after illegally inserting lead pellets of their catamarans to realize additional weight.

September 18, 2014 – Ellison announces that he is stepping down as Oracle’s CEO. Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, Ellison’s high lieutenants, will change him as co-CEOs. Ellison is called Oracle’s govt chairman of the board and chief know-how officer.

May-June 2015 – Ellison donates $3 million to the Conservative Solutions PAC, a gaggle supporting Marco Rubio’s presidential marketing campaign. He contributes $1 million in May and $2 million in June, in keeping with FEC filings.

May 11, 2016 – Announces a $200 million donation to the University of Southern California to ascertain a most cancers analysis and remedy middle, the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.

March 19, 2018 – Launches Sensei, a hydroponic, indoor meals-rising firm, with writer and doctor David Agus.

December 28, 2018 – Ellison is named to Tesla’s board as an impartial director.

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