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, airplanes, 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?"
His Yacht Is Bigger Than Yours
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.
More On The Mega Yacht Syndrome
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."
Larry Ellison Is Not Afraid To Date His Employees
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 defense.
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