The Forbes 400 richest Americans of 2009 list ranks Lawrence Ellison 65, at a solid number 3 spot with a net worth of $28 billion. Larry Ellison is the sixth most richest man in the world.
Ellison along with colleagues, Robert Miner and Edward Oates founded the Oracle company in 1977 after working on a database project for the CIA.
According to Oracle.com, Oracle is the world’s leading supplier of software for information management, and the world’s second largest independent software company.
The Oracle company is a titan in the database software and server industry with a market cap of $126 billion. In addition to Oracle, Ellison has acquired 57 companies in the last 5 years. The most recent purchase was Sun Microsystems in January 2010 for $7.4 billion. Ellison also owns 52% of the of the business software company Netsuite.
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