2015 Billionaires Net Worth: $54.3 Billion
CEO and Founder, Oracle
Source Of Wealth: Oracle, Self Made
Self-Made Score: 9
Residence: Woodside, CA
Citizenship: United States
Marital Status: Divorced
Education: Drop Out, University of Chicago; Drop Out, University of Illinois at Urbana
Though he stepped down as Oracle CEO in September 2014, Larry Ellison still calls some of the shots at the database-software giant. In June 2015 he announced that Oracle was expanding its cloud-computing business, putting it in direct competition with Amazon.com‘s Web Services unit. Oracle could use a new source of growth. Revenues this year through May fell slightly from the previous year to $38.2 billion.
After building databases for the CIA, Ellison founded Oracle in 1977 and tapped into businesses’ growing need for customer relationship management databases. Both of his children are looking to leave their mark on Hollywood. Daughter Megan has financed films such as “Zero Dark Thirty” and “American Hustle”; son David is a producer of mainstream franchises like “The Terminator” and “Mission: Impossible”.