Larry Ellison Talk About Expensive Tastes





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Published on Jun 22, 2012

Oracle's billionaire CEO has a taste for the finer things in life from yachts jets and supercars to tennis galas and real estate. Now the third wealthiest man in America has added a Hawaiian island or most of it to his mantelpiece. Ellison bought 98 percent of Hawaii's sixth largest island Lanai the state's governor announced on Wednesday. The following is a list of some of the CEO's more famous trophies

Ellison known for his yachting passion once owned one of the largest luxury yachts in the world the Rising Sun. Published estimates of its cost range from $200 million to $250 million. Initially envisioned at 387 feet, the CEO upsized that to 452 feet to one up Microsoft co founder Paul Allen according to a Yachting magazine article from 2007. Ellison is also the owner of Oracle Racing which won the 33rd America's Cup in 2010 under the name BMW Oracle Racing. As the Cup winner Ellison and his team are now running the next America's Cup competition which will take place next year on San Francisco Bay. His interest in sporting events also extends to tennis he recently purchased the BNP Paribas Open which allowed the tennis tournament to stay in Indian Wells CaliforniaEllison has owned a number of luxury cars including an Audi R8 a Lexus LFA and a McLaren F1 as seen in a plethora of public photos. His McLaren was auctioned off for more than $3.5 million at the Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction in 2010. His collection extends to the skies. A licensed pilot Ellison has owned an Italian Marchetti jet a MiG 29 fighter and a Gulfstream business jet according to various publications. Then there's real estate which was expanded by more than 100 square miles with his recent purchase of 98 percent of the Hawaiian island Lanai. Ellison's property empire extends from Silicon Valley to as far afield as Japan. His compound in Woodside California designed in the style of a Japanese village is worth an estimated $110 million according to Business Insider. It boasts a man made lake and hundreds of trees alongside a main house of nearly 8,000 square feet.

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