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10 New Side Projects For Larry Ellison

Now that Ellison has ceded his CEO title, might he have time for new hobbies? We have some ideas.
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Oracle founder Larry Ellison doesn't do anything half-heartedly. His passion for sailing led to his all-in financial backing and stewardship of Oracle Team USA, the reigning Americas Cup champion. Ellison's love for tennis turned into his acquisition of the BNP Paribas tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. His love for aviation? Ellison's collection of aircraft reportedly includes a Gulfstream V, a Marchetti military jet, and a MiG-29.

Then there are his dabblings in real estate. In addition to plunking down $200 million for various properties on tony Carbon Beach in Malibu, he laid out half a billion dollars for most of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.

[ Ellison isn't the only tech statesman with staying power. See Ellison & 7 Other Tech Lions Still Roaring. ]

Getting less attention are Ellison's considerable charitable contributions. For example, he reportedly donated $72.2 million in cash and stock last year to his own foundation, whose work includes biomedical research, education, global health and development, and wildlife conservation. One of the reasons he purchased most of Lanai, Ellison has said, is to make it a model for environmental sustainability. He also has said that he has put most of his assets into a trust with the intent of giving away at least 95% of his wealth (currently over $40 billion) to charitable causes.

Oracle announced last week that the indefatigable Ellison is ceding his CEO title to co-presidents Safra Katz and Mark Hurd, who were promoted to co-CEOs, while Ellison takes on the new roles of chief technology officer and executive chairman. But make no mistake, Ellison's still calling the shots. Even at age 70, he says, he doesn't plan to retire anytime soon.

But will Ellison have more time for other side projects? We can only speculate at this point -- and so we do with the following Top 10 list. Which idea do you like best? Let us know in the comments section.

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prospecttoreza
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prospecttoreza,
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9/23/2014 | 9:20:04 AM
The most impossible suggestion
Everyone here is trying to come up with the most outlandish projects, but mine will be the most impossible one. Now that Larry is finally free from his CEO obligations, and apparently he will be concentrating on the tech side of the company (dah!), perheps he can finally fix a mess that has become of .ora configuration files. I know you are laughing now.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/22/2014 | 4:20:07 PM
Re: Ellison side gigs
12. Promoting a line of turtle-neck formal wear.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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9/22/2014 | 4:08:37 PM
One island is OK but why not a whole set?
Buying  most of Lanai is OK, but how about practicing sustainability on a whole set of islands? The Orkneys have a wary eye on sustainability once the North Sea oil revenues run out.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/22/2014 | 3:05:42 PM
Re: Ellison side gigs
12. Joining Larry Bird and Larry the Cable guy on new buddy sitcom called "The Larrys."

Setting up the line from at least one TV critic-- It is "hiLARRYious"
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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9/22/2014 | 2:02:58 PM
Ellison side gigs
11. Signing exclusive advertising deal with Gillette to personally tout new line of beard maintenance products.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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9/22/2014 | 1:07:35 PM
Would you believe, fall folliage tours?
Mark Benioff was once asked during a press conference at Dreamforce whether Larry Ellison would appear at the event, and he said something like: "No, that's not going to happen. This is the time of year when Larry goes to Japan to see the Japanese maples."

Somehow I find it hard to reconcile the sailboat-racing and Mig-flying Ellison with the one who travels half way around the world to admire the exquisite colors of delicate Japanese trees.
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