Billionaire Samurai Warrior of Silicon Valley

2014, Biography  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 6.02/10 from 54 users.

A samurai warrior of Silicon Valley, Larry Ellison, grew up in Chicago and at the age of 12 he was shocked with the news from his father that he was adopted. He was a mediocre student who had always disliked formal education and later on dropped out of college twice.

Addiction to money, no interest in following the rules and expensive tours around the world show that he is a stylish lad who lives a luxurious life. His Japanese-style house, worth of 200 million dollars, consists of a tea house, a man made lake, a koi pond and a bath house. He was the one to spend 400 million dollars to bring 2010 America's cup - the oldest active trophy in sports - back to America for the first time in fifteen years.

Larry Ellison, the man with obsession to be first at everything, wanted to prove to his father that he can make something of himself. About 40 years ago, he got himself job at Ampex where his project included producing a large-scale database for CIA. The database project was later on named Oracle. Soon he left Ampex to start his own company, Software Development Laboratories Corporation (SDL), which was later named Oracle Systems Corporation in 1982. In early 1990s, the company began to face crisis and the reason was the marketing strategy.

The company happened to be on the verge of bankruptcy as they began to sale the products which were not even materialized yet. He was known to be a genius for launching a Network Computer which supported the internet facility back in 1996 but due to the falling prices of PCs, his venture was shut down. Now, he is known to be the highest paid executive over the last decade with total compensation of $1.84 billion.

Larry Ellison does whatever it takes to win and according to him the more we win, the more we earn. His company's technology has become the backbone of the world's information system and almost everyone in today's world uses the products of Oracle.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Lenarae Fern

    I applaud the brilliant Larry Ellison!!! He is the " American Dream Story"! It is so disgusting to read such envious reviews. Pure jealousy! ORACLE takes excellent care of its employees! Kudos/toasts/ slam dunks to ORACLE!🏆

  2. Dave

    What an ass...who cares about some wealthy jerk who's obsessed with being "Number 1" and having all the money in the world. You get a sense that his "success" is from slave-driving everyone around him....Reminds me of a dictator. Awesome job Larry!! Another example of the degradation of many mid-class families are actually left in the US. Good luck America!

  3. airtrix

    Spiritual capitalism.

  4. Eric Lawson

    A legend in his own time. Good on you Larry!!!Peace!!

  5. a_no_n

    yuk, another one of these sychophantic "biographies"

    1. swissjoe

      a_no_n wrote ; " ... another one of these sychophantic"biographies" Understand the tone of the comment.

      As for the information in it, that's about a man who has used his ability of foresight to create his ideals.

      Another sociopath near the apex of the current meritocracy who is ruthless in achieving his goals with disregard for the principles behind the rule of law. Creating an intolerable culture inside his corporation and where it bleeds out around places it touches.

    2. bringmeredwine

      You summed it up quite accurately
      I found this story very interesting, because I enjoyed learning the back ground of the programs I use everyday and take for granted.
      However, I now know the actual creators/developers are expendable extras.
      Which leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.

    3. Jennifer

      I've heard from a number of people that the working conditions are awful at Oracle. Obsolete equipment, terrible morale, and even the physical space of the offices are dark and depressing. I'm glad there's at least one guy out there that's enjoying Oracle's profits!

      I unfortunately live in Silicon Valley and the wealth disparity is stark; I call it "The Land of Money Worship and Narcissism". There are so many ruthless techies stepping all over each other in a desperate attempt to become the next Larry Ellis, or Steve Jobs, or Larry Page, etc.

    4. bringmeredwine

      I had to look that word up!

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