Larry was born in the Bronx, New York, on August 17, 1944 and brought up in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1962 and then enrolled briefly at the University of Chicago.
Larry began his career in California as a programmer. In 1977, Larry and two colleagues from the Amdahl Corporation founded Software Development Labs, later re-named Oracle Corporation after its best-selling database-management system. Since then, Oracle Corporation has become one of the world’s most successful software companies. It currently employs 150,000 people across the world, with many of the world’s leading companies and public sector organizations among its wide customer base. Larry Ellison is Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer.
Larry has a wide range of personal interests including art, playing classical guitar, and architectural design. His ORACLE TEAM USA won the America’s Cup in 2010 and successfully defended it in 2013. Larry also owns the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, the highest-attended tennis tournament in the world outside the four Grand Slams. Larry lives in California. He has long been committed to philanthropy in the fields of health, nutrition, education, and conservation as well as the arts and architecture.
The Japanese crane used for the Foundation’s logo is drawn from a work by the Japanese artist Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795) which is in Larry’s collection. In Japanese culture the crane is a symbol of good fortune and longevity.