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Lawrence Joseph ELLISON

Primary Position:
Executive Chairman
Primary Company:
Oracle Corporation
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $46 billion
Source of Wealth:
17 August 1944
United States
New York, United States
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Native of New York City, New York, Ellison attended South Shore High School and later studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1962 until 1964, and the University of Chicago before dropping out. He started his career as a computer programmer for various companies including Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and Wells Fargo. In 1973, he joined Ampex as a Programmer. In 1976, he joined Precision Instruments, currently known as Omex, and served as Vice President of Research and Development. In 1977, Ellison and ...

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Education History

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South Shore High School
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Interesting Facts

During Ellison's final exams in his second year at the University of Illinois, his adoptive mother Lillian died, and he dropped out of school. He later enrolled at the University of Chicago, but dropped out again after the first semester. His adoptive father Louis had then thought he would never amount to anything, but the seemingly aimless Ellison had already learned the rudiments of computer programming while in Chicago.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Sports - Cycling
Description: Reportedly likes mountain biking.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Boating - Sailing
Description: Ellison reportedly participated in several racing events. He operates BMW Oracle Racing, which won the America's Cup in 2010.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Reading
Description: During breakfast, he reportedly reads the Financial Times of London daily.

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Giving Profile: Founder, Chairman, President and a Director of the Lawrence Ellison Foundation. In 2014, the foundation had more than $8 million in assets and donated more than $50 million in 2013; primarily supports organizations that research aging and global infectious diseases. Major recipients include the American Federation for Aging Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jackson Laboratory, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Harvard Medical School, among others. The foundation also donated more than $1.7 million to Burnham Institute and $1.1 million to the Center for Blood Research for health-related caused; $1.8 million to the CDC Foundation for community development. Other recipients include Baylor College of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, California Institute of Technology, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education. Ellison is also a member of Warren Buffett's charity campaign, The Giving Pledge. In 2006, Ellison reportedly cancelled a $115 million donation to Harvard University after the President of the university stepped down. In January 2015, Ellison along with Peninsula Humane Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization based in California, reportedly planned to establish a wildlife breeding and rehabilitation center in Northern California aimed at helping endangered local species.

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