Rich Guy Buys Island

Hamilton Nolan · 08/23/12 08:38AM

In the news today, a rich guy bought himself a whole island. Now everything on the island belongs to the rich man. Fifty miles of beaches? Five hundred homes? The hotels, the stores, and the farms? They all belong to the rich man now.

How Tech's Most Shameless CEO Disses His Enemy

Ryan Tate · 10/05/11 01:18PM

Larry Ellison doesn't much care if you know he sleeps with employees, fabricates advertisements, or taunts people with his wealth. But what the Oracle CEO doesn't want you to hear is a presentation from a guy he invests in and who worked for him for 13 years. Especially if Ellison has the power to cancel that guy's speaking gig, humiliating him in the process.

Tech's Winners and Losers of 2010

Ryan Tate · 12/28/10 01:00PM

Technology seemed especially relevant in 2010, what with The Social Network's blockbuster receipts and mass mania for Apple's iPad and iPhone 4. The newfound attention helped turned some techies into genuine stars — while lending others real worldwide infamy.

Barry Diller's Sexy All-Boy Thanksgiving

Ryan Tate · 11/30/10 03:50PM

Credit where it's due: Barry Diller knows how to vacation. The IAC boss is tightfisted at headquarters, but his holidays are plenty decadent. There's the corporate jet; the giant boat; tropical beaches; and a set of young blonde twins.

Oracle vs HP: Tech's Animal House War Begins

Ryan Tate · 09/07/10 03:41PM

Think of it as Delta Tau Chi vs. Dean Vernon Worner in Animal House: Buttoned-down tech giant Hewlett Packard has filed suit against its scandal-tainted former CEO for joining Oracle, home to the most infamous skirt chasers in Silicon Valley.

Larry Ellison's Son Keeps Trying to Buy His Way Into Movie-Making

Max Read · 08/17/10 12:51AM

This is David Ellison. He'd like to be in the movie business. Unfortunately, he's not very good at picking projects. But his dad is the sixth-richest person in the world. So now David Ellison is co-funding movies with Paramount Pictures.

A Tech Mogul's Flame Mail Rampage

Ryan Tate · 08/11/10 04:19PM

Larry Ellison has had it: The Oracle CEO is flame-mailing journalists left and right this week in what looks increasingly like an online rampage. He might be worth $28 billion, but that doesn't mean Ellison has to take your crap.

Watch Larry Ellison Flip Out At His Own Idea

Ryan Tate · 10/01/09 12:47PM

Larry Ellison threw a fantastic tantrum against the mindless cult of "Cloud Computing," a fascination of "nitwit" Silicon Valley investors, as Ellison calls them. But the Oracle CEO was himself once a "nitwit." Just look:

Elephant Mutilates Software Mogul

Ryan Tate · 09/03/09 11:50AM

There is a certain type of accident that really only happens to rich guys, and the founder of Siebel Systems just had one: Gored by an elephant while on photo safari in the Serengeti, he now needs reconstructive surgery.