Larry Ellison is no longer running the show at database software firm Oracle. He stepped down from the CEO seat in September 2014 but remains the company’s chairman and chief technology officer. After building databases for the CIA, Ellison founded Oracle in 1977 and has overseen its tremendous growth –although not so much of late. Revenues in fiscal 2015, (through May 2015) fell slightly from the previous year to $38.2 billion.
Ellison, who never met his biological father, was raised in a middle-class Chicago home by his great aunt. A sailing fanatic, he’s the main backer of America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA. Ellison purchased a number of properties on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, which he bought for a reported $300 million in 2012, and is said to own every hotel room on the island.
Both of his children are looking to leave their mark on Hollywood. His daughter, Megan Ellison, has financed films like Zero Dark Thirty and American Hustle through her Annapurna Pictures; his son, David Ellison, is a coproducer of mainstream franchises like Terminator and Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible through his company, Skydance Productions.