Larry Ellison is like a cartoon character of a billionaire come to life. He’s charming, arrogant and a spend-a-holic.He’s the kind of rich person most of us dream of being. And like most things about Ellison, the stories about his extravagance and his womanizing seem too over-the-top to be true.
Ellison collects all things that only the super wealthy can afford: yachts, luxury real estate, aeroplanes, wives.
We’re taking a look at the excessive lifestyle of Larry Ellison here.
As you flip through this, think to yourself, “If I had an endless supply of money, as does Larry Ellison, would I spend it like this?”
Rising Sun is an enormous yacht built for Ellison in 2004. It is currently the eighth largest in the world but it was the fourth largest when it was built. The story goes that Ellison specifically commissioned this yacht to be larger than Paul Allen's Octopus.
In this photo, Rising Sun is sailing next to Larry's little racing boat, the 90-foot BMW Oracle (affectionately known as the BOR 90) just after it won the 33rd America's cup in 2010. Not a bad day.
Ellison reportedly dropped over $200 million to build Rising Sun (some estimates say it cost as much as $377 million). It's 452 feet and five stories -- making it more like a cruise ship than a yacht. It features jacuzzi bathrooms, a gym, a spa and salon, a wine cellar, a private cinema and a basketball court on the main deck that doubles as a helicopter pad.
But alas, Ellison recently sold the yacht to media mogul David Geffen. He won't be Yachtless, according to Boat International, he's getting a new ship, 'the 88m Feadship Musashi.'
When you're fabulous rich, attractive, and confident to the point of arrogance, you have all the requirements of a ladies man. So it is with Ellison. It's hard to say whether the women are the prey or Ellison is. But he certainly doesn't care if the women he dates work for Oracle. According to one story in the the 1997 book, 'The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison (God Doesn't Think He's Larry Ellison),' author Mike Wilson said Ellison would simultaneously date as many as three employees.
There was at least one incident when an employee arrived at the CEO's house at night, only to find another employee already there, Wilson tells. It's no wonder he came to HP ex-CEO Mark Hurd's defence.
While Larry Ellison clearly loves women, he's not opposed to marriage. He did it four times. He's not opposed to divorce, either ... as he did that four times, too. Although these marriages were short-lived, he stayed with his third wife long enough to father two children, David and Megan
His last marriage was to long-term girlfriend and romance novelist Melanie Craft. They dated for eight years and were married for about seven. Scuttlebutt says that Steve Jobs was their wedding photographer.
Some insight into life as Mrs. Ellison may be had through Craft's novels. In her 2004 book called Man Trouble, the heroine poses as a journalist to get the scoop on a billionaire playboy. The billionaire's business is suffering because of his image as a bad-boy womanizer. Clearly this was a work of fiction bordering on fantasy.
When you are a billionaire with four ex-wives, you're going to collect a lot of houses. This is one of Ellison's most famous mansions in Woodside, Calif. The estate was styled to look like a feudal Japanese village, complete with a two-acre man made lake. The house is estimated to be worth about $110 million.
The rough economy just means opportunity for a billionaire like Ellison. He picked up this 249 acre estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif. known as Porcupine Creek in 2011. It includes a private golf course and cost Larry a cool $42.9 million.
The property was the former home Edra and Tim Blixseth founders of the private Montana ski resort known as Yellowstone Club following their divorce and bankruptcy.
All told, Ellison has accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars worth of luxury properties around the world. He's bought mansions in Malibu, Calif (including one with its very own trolley, according to ValleyWag). He acquired one in Newport, R.I., previously owned by the Astor family, and even grabbed a historic garden property in Kyoto.
One of his patterns is to buy large swatches of properties in areas he finds desirable and then to build what he wants. In 2003, he reportedly spent $65 million on five beachfront properties in Carbon Beach, Malibu, for his desired compound. Word is, he bought one house just for the pool.
Ellison's is a famous face. But it wasn't until recently that he indulged in a new way to expose it -- a Hollywood cameo. He played himself in a walk-on role in Iron Man 2.
Why didn't he put his face in the Matrix in a scene with the computer-generated Oracle? Marvel Comics, which owns the Iron Man character and created the Iron Man movies, is an Oracle customer. In fact, Oracle even hosts a free online video game based on the Stark Expo scenes in the movie.
Ellison's kids have a love for Hollywood, too. The two of them, Megan and David, pitched in money (as executive producers) of the 2010 Coen Brothers film True Grit. David is doing even more. He's leading a $350 million movie production company, with several Tom Cruise movies coming up.
Ellison is also a pilot and that means he collects planes, including an Italian Marchetti jet, which is said to be his favourite.
He once sued the City of San Jose after it cited him for too many late-night landings in violation of a noise control ordinance. Although he didn't really win, the judge gave Ellison a special waver for his plane, allowing him to land late at night in spite of the ordinance.
Flying runs in the family. His son, David, is a stunt pilot.
As egos go, Ellison's is huge. It comes equipped with a big mouth. He's known for both words of wisdom and sentiments of nastiness.
'Being nice is an essential strategy for pursuing happiness. That plus excelling at your life's work are the only avenues leading to happiness that I've found so far ... I don't, however, believe in being nice to my enemies. My enemies are trying to deprive me of the success that led to my happiness. I want to beat my enemies, and it's hard to be nice to them at the same time,' he said in the biographical book on his life, Softwar.
That said, Ellison is as generous to charities as he is to himself. In 2010, he joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffet's The Giving Pledge, where billionaires vow to give away most of their wealth.
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