Larry Ellison, a founder of the Silicon Valley giant Oracle and the fifth-richest man in the world, has bought 97% of the Hawaiian island of Lana’i.
That’s a lot of land, but it’s a tiny part of Ellison’s overall empire. Ellison is estimated to be worth $46 billion. He made an estimated $78.4 million last year (that’s about $38,000/hour). He owns a tremendous amount of stuff — cars, boats, real estate, Japanese antiquities, the BPN Paribas Open tennis tournament, an America’s Cup sailing team, one of Bono’s guitars — and has a reputation for intensity and excess. Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that when Ellison has played basketball on the courts on his yachts, he has positioned “someone in a powerboat following the yacht to retrieve balls that go overboard.” One biographer called him “a modern-day Genghis Khan.”