Name: Lawrence (Larry) Joseph Ellison
Born: August 17, 1944, in New York City, New York, USA
- American business magnate and co-founder and chief executive of Oracle Corporation, one of the world's leading software companies.
- As of 2012, he is the third wealthiest American citizen, with an estimated worth of $36.5 billion. The bulk of Ellison's fortune comes from his 22.5 percent stake in Oracle.
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"If the Internet turns out not to be the future of computing, we're toast. But if it is, we're golden."
"If an open source product gets good enough, we'll simply take it. So the great thing about open source is nobody owns it – a company like Oracle is free to take it for nothing, include it in our products and charge for support, and that's what we'll do. So it is not disruptive at all – you have to find places to add value. Once open source gets good enough, competing with it would be insane. We don't have to fight open source, we have to exploit open source."