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Lawrence Joseph ELLISON

Primary Position:
Executive Chairman
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Estimated Net Worth:
At least $47.9 billion
Source of Wealth:
17 August 1944
United States
New York, New York, United States
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Native of New York City, New York. Born in 1944. Ellison attended South Shore High School and later studied at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1962 to 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 ...

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Education History

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University of Chicago
Qualification Name:
Dropped Out
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Interesting Facts

In July 2014, Ellison and his girlfriend, animal activist and philanthropist Nikita Kahn, hosted a fundraiser and raised $600,000 for the California Wildlife Center, a non-profit charitable organization that rescues and rehabilitates native wildlife in Southern California.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Politics
Description: Generous political donor; lifetime giving exceeds $200,000.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Animals - Horses
Description: Owns a horse farm at his 23-acre property in Woodside, California, modeled after a Japanese emperor's palace.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Sports - Surfing
Description: Appears to enjoy body surfing.

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Giving Profile: Founder, CEO, President and Director of the Lawrence Ellison Foundation. In 2013, the foundation had assets exceeding $32 million and donated more than $50 million; 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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