One in four self-made American billionaires dropped out of college

Bloomberg crunched the numbers on "self-made" billionaires in the U.S. and found that about a quarter of them were college dropouts. Ten of America's 43 self-made billionaires dropped out. One, Harold Hamm, never even attended college. » 11/10/14 2:54pm 11/10/14 2:54pm

Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer. » 9/19/14 1:02pm 9/19/14 1:02pm

SailRocket Hits Freeway Speeds on the Water—Sadly, Without Rockets

While not quite as imposing as BMW Oracle's USA-17, the Vestas Sailrocket Mk.II is no less impressive. It's aiming to top 65 mph on wind power alone—the water-borne equivalent to going plaid—and break the short-distance world speed sailing record. » 11/23/11 1:00am 11/23/11 1:00am

Larry Ellison's Sail Boat Is Literally Faster than the Wind

Oracle founder Larry Ellison takes his boat racing very seriously. His team's entry in last year's America's Cup, the USA-17, is actually capable of sailing faster than the prevailing wind. And not just by a little bit—2.5 times faster. » 10/10/11 11:30am 10/10/11 11:30am

Larry Ellison Is No Friend of the Majestic Redwood (Updated)

Lest we forget that the mega-rich simply do not think like we common folk, take a look at this lawsuit from Oracle founder Larry Ellison. Updated. » 5/29/11 12:00pm 5/29/11 12:00pm

Oracle CEO Ridicules HP's Newly Appointed CEO

Oracle CEO Lawrence Ellison has blasted HP for ousting former CEO Mark Hurd already and now he's mocking the company a bit more. He thinks its entire board is insane for appointing Leo Apotheker as its new CEO: » 10/01/10 8:00pm 10/01/10 8:00pm

The Mansions of Modern Tech Giants

My goodness, Steve Jobs' new house looks like it'll be a doozy. And it'll have to be, if he wants to keep up with the ivory castles his tech mogul cohorts have built for themselves. » 9/28/10 7:20pm 9/28/10 7:20pm

Source: Oracle Offered Ousted HP Ex-CEO Mark Hurd a Job

After Oracle CEO Larry Ellison blasted HP for ousting disgraced CEO Mark Hurd, he reportedly did what comes naturally to men of his stature and disposition: He offered the man a job. » 9/05/10 2:00pm 9/05/10 2:00pm

Bill Gates Convinces 40 Billionaires to Give Away Half Their Fortunes

Our favorite charity-worker Bill Gates has successfully signed up 38 billionaires to give away half of their wealth to those less fortunate, in what could be the largest-scale philanthropic work ever. » 8/04/10 2:40pm 8/04/10 2:40pm

Anyone Have a Spare $10 Million Racing Yacht Mast Lying Around?

A quick glimpse into the life of a software billionaire: When Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing yacht snapped its $10 million mast this week, the ship's helmsman (not Ellison) described the event as a "minor setback." » 11/08/09 4:30pm 11/08/09 4:30pm

Why Steve Jobs Didn't Take Over Apple Back In 1997

Back in 1997, Larry Ellison was on a beach in Hawaii. After sipping his second Margarita that evening, he turned to his pal Steve Jobs, who was listening to Bob Dylan on his Sony Walkman. "Steve...Steve...STEVE! Hey, let's buy Apple." » 11/05/09 3:59pm 11/05/09 3:59pm