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Lawrence (or Larry, as he’s known) Ellison is a programmer and internet entrepreneur best known as the chief executive officer of database vendor Oracle between 1977 and 2014. In 2017, Forbes reported Ellison to be the fifth-wealthiest person in the United States and the seventh-wealthiest in the world, with a fortune of $62 billion. In 2013, 60 works from Ellison’s collection, some dating back more than 1,000 years, were displayed in an exhibition called “In the Moment: Japanese Art From the Ellison Collection” at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Ellison also collects real estate, cars, planes, and yachts.

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Lawrence J. Ellison

Location:
Woodside, California

Source of wealth:
Software

Collecting area:
Late 19th- and early 20th-century European art; ancient to early 20th-century Japanese art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

A basketball fan, Ellison twice tried to buy the New Orlean Hornets but was turned down both times. He does own a tennis stadium in Southern California, though.