Our Neighbour Larry
Larry’s place is just down the dock from us. It’s nice. Here’s a photo of it.
He’s got a few nice places has Larry.
We hear tell he’s got a couple of dozen houses in Malibu and an historic villa in Kyoto, Japan.
Then there’s Beechwood House in Newport Rhode Island where he keeps his art collection.
There’s also his estate in California. Apparently modelled after a 16th century Japanese emperors palace.
Oh, and mustn’t forget the Hawaiian island of Lanai, all 140 square miles of it. That’s his as well. Bargain at $300 million.
He’s quite well off is Larry.
As at November last year his net worth was estimated to be $48.7 billion. He’s one of the richest people in the world.
He must be a busy guy. I guess that’s why he hasn’t had time to visit since his yacht ‘Musashi’ got here in November. Shame though. 130 million dollars worth of boat just sitting here, waiting.
The crew are looking after her though. I’m sure she’ll be ready whenever he get’s a chance.
I hope he does make it here, I’d like to say hi. We have a few things in common.
He’s a sailor and loves the sea.
He was an academic disaster.
He was self-employed for a while.
He said “I believe people have to follow their dreams, I did.” – I could have said that.
Yep, it’d be pretty cool to sit down and chat with Mr Larry Ellison. He’s come a long way. He must have some good stories.
Here’s a quick bio.
- Lawrence Joseph Ellison was born in the Bronx on August 17, 1944 the son of a Russian immigrant.
- When he was 9 months old he came down with pneumonia and his mom sent him to Chicago to live with his aunt and uncle.
- He dropped out of college twice then moved to California where he flitted from job to job for a while.
- In 1977 founded a software company for $2000.
- The company developed something called a relational database.
- That company became Oracle in 1982.
- Steve Jobs invited him onto the board of Apple in 1997. He quit after a short while, he didn’t have the time for it.
- Last year he received $3.48 billion in cash from just one deal.
He’s done quite well for himself.
I like some of the things he’s said:
“I had all the disadvantages needed for success”
“Each of you has a chance to discover who you are and not who you are supposed to be.”
“Don’t let the experts discourage you when you challenge the status quo. Like Mark Twain says, what’s an expert anyway? Just some guy from out of town.”
He’s got a reputation for enjoying himself. Why shouldn’t he?
Sailing is a bit more than a hobby. His Team Oracle USA won the Americas cup in 2013 and are preparing to defend the cup this year.
He’s worked hard to get where he’s at and he’s not afraid to boast.
“At some point, it’s not about the money. At some point, you can’t spend all of it. Trust me, I’ve tried.”
Many say that it’s obscene that individuals have as much money as he does. Just recently Oxfam published research claiming that the top eight richest men in the world had a combined wealth greater than that of half the worlds population put together. Larry is one of those eight.
But there’s another side to that coin.
A good few on that list created that wealth from zero and use a lot of it to benefit others.
Mr Ellison is one of them.
He has reportedly given away at least $808 million in his lifetime.
The Ellison Medical Foundation provided more than $300 million in funding for biomedical research on age related disease.
The Lawrence Ellison Foundation supports wildlife conservation, particularly that of mountain gorillas.
Oracle gave $1 million to the National Geographic Initiative to fund the education component of a project to stop ocean degradation.
And that Hawaiian island is being used for a huge experiment in sustainability.
Who knows what else he’ll do before he’s through.
I’d say he deserves a break.
So Mr Ellison if you’re reading this and you make it over to Cartagena, scoot up the quay and look us up. It’s catamaran ‘Gleda’ on A pontoon. We’ll get the kettle on. That’s what good neighbours are for.
A little more about ‘Musashi’
She’s named after Minamoto Musashi an ancient samurai warrior. Larry’s a big fan of all things Japanese.
She was launched in 2011 by Feadship’s Koninklijke De Vries yard in Makkum, the Netherlands
Yacht Length: 88 m (288 ft)
Guests: 18 in 9 cabins
Crew: 23 in 10 cabins
If you want to see more have a look HERE
I’ll leave you with a few more photos.
Spot the basketball net.
Crew checking the toys in the garage.
When she got alongside electricians spent a day getting her connected to shore power. That’s my foot next to the cables.