About Larry Ellison

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Oracle Corporation’s Co-Founder and Past CEO, Larry Ellison is among the world’s richest men with a net wealth of $55.2 billion as per Forbes World’s Billionaires index as of March 2017. Ellison has contributed up to 1 percent of his assets and is participating in the pledge program of The Giving Pledge. Larry Ellison is indeed an example of a person who has lived the American Dream with courage through his technological contributions.

While Larry Elison has been involved with the Oracle Team USA in yachting events. He is also a professional aircraft operator and still enjoys playing tennis with music.

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Larry Ellison

Life of Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

Lawrence Joseph, also known as “Larry” Ellison, was born in New York City on 17 August 1944. His mother named Florence Spellman, an unmarried immigrant of Odessa. It was only 19 by that period, so she wasn’t prepared to raise a boy. So, she sent nine-month-old Ellison to his aunt and uncle. Larry has not seen his dad, a pilot of the U.S. military Air Force. In fact, before his youth, he didn’t even know regarding the adoption.

Larry’s mother’s sister, named Lillian Spellman Ellison, raised Larry Ellison, with her partner, Louis Ellison. Who worked in a Jewish neighborhood of Chicago. Larry’s adoptive father had been a Russian refugee, so he grew up with the title “Ellison” in reference to the entrance to Ellis Island, where he moved to the USA.

This was an average family with a caring, kind, and loving mom and a strict, and stubborn father. Larry grew up confident, independent and uncompromising. Which contributed to frequent quarrels and even misunderstandings from his stepfather and later with his colleagues.


Larry’s Educational Background

Larry’s Educational Background

Larry Ellison had been a high-brow guy even at college. He was frustrated by the schooling method, being mostly involved in complex topics such as spacecraft design, high technology as well as engineering. Larry Ellison was a bright student, of complex character at times. He played volleyball, squash, and hockey, hoping to enjoy the sporting activity.

Larry joined the University of Illinois well into the 1960s, after finishing high school from South-Shore High School located at Urbana-Champaign. These have been his life’s few moments of happiness. The future appeared fruitless and unclouded to him. The university curriculum was giving him the impression of self-determination and strength. But after Ellison’s adoptive mom’s death, he failed to pass the last exams and, afterward, dropped out from the University.

Following a year of part-time jobs, endless questions and deep reflection. Larry Ellison attended the University of Chicago with the goal of earning a degree in math and physics. However, he lost all the interest in the learning process and had been expelled during the first semester as a consequence of bad performance. He transferred to California when he was 22, in 1966.

While on the edge of poverty, Larry Ellison became interested in the new areas such as computing and programming that consumed nearly all of his attention. He started studying the technical literature to acquire some computer knowledge. He soon began to visit various interest groups and join specific events that welcomed people like him. Larry quite soon stuck out of the audience based on his ability to learn pretty quickly.


Larry’s Early Career

Larry’s Early Career

Larry Ellison discovered his first career at Amdahl Corporation, which is a technology company established in Sunnyvale, in 1970 in California by Gene Amdahl. In the early 1970s, Larry Ellison served for an electronics manufacturer Amtex, which was founded in 1944 by Alexander M. Poniatoff, that experienced tough competition by Sony Corporation. While at Amtex, he operated mostly on a CIA site, named Oracle.

Larry Ellison worked at Ampex in 1977 with Bob Miner who was then Larry’s boss. Nevertheless, Bob Miner quickly left Ampex, and then on June 16, 1977, co-founded a firm called Software Development Labs (SDL), along with Bruce Scott & Ed Oates with $800 in funding. Several months later, as a business associate, Larry Ellison decided to join their company and spent $1,200 in the business.

Afterward, Ed Oates presented Miner & Ellison to a study by Edgar F. Codd on an information administration hierarchical model called “The Hierarchical Paradigm of Information for Massive Public Data Banks” and it influenced Larry Ellison.

They began to work on only the database management system (DBMS) quite early. It was used by organizations for the shared storage of customer lists, machinery records, financial reports, expenditure details, communications, legal documents, etc.


Larry’s Philanthropy

Larry’s Philanthropy

In reaction to the terrorist attack on September 11, Ellison decided to donate tools to the United States government that might allow the creation of a new national identity database for distributing ID cards as well as the potential of recognizing everyone with high precision. As per Forbes, Ellison contributed $151,092,103 which is 1 percent of Larry’s wealth in 2004. He was also included in the survey of 400 richest American philanthropists, making Ellison the fifth in the category following American business tycoon Michael Dell.

Larry made a donation to Harvard University worth $115 million in 2006. In 2010, Larry Ellison alongside 39 other billionaires joined The Giving Pledge. Which is a charitable commitment initiative that invites the world’s wealthiest people to contribute most of their money to philanthropy?

Warren Buffett with Bill Gates established The Giving Pledge. The number of entrepreneurs soared to 81 in 2011 and 115 in 2013, including David Rockefeller, Elon Musk and Richard Branson.


In conclusion, Larry Ellison is indeed a self-made businessman and billionaire who flourished despite years of trial and error. Larry’s parents did not have money and he’s been trying to make up for the terrible childhood throughout his career. Larry Ellison’s unique personality traits are ambition, vision for the future and his creativity. And these traits are truly what made him who he is today!

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