After working at Ampex for 7 years, Ellison started his own database company in the 70s, Oracle. His first clients were the CIA. In fact, the name "Oracle" was first a CIA project codename.
WHAT HE DOES WITH IT
Lawrence J. Ellison is a huge donor to conservative PACs.
In 2012 he bought 98% of the sixth largest island in Hawaii, Lānaʻi, for $300 million. The state and population of 3,102 own the other 2% of the 141 square mile island. That's 2.82 square miles for everyone not named Larry Ellison. Barely enough room for a 5k. Upon the purchase of the island, Ellison said he'd invest $500 million on solar farms, infrastructure, water desalinization plant and a sustainable agriculture system. So far he's remodeled one of his Four Seasons Resorts for $450 million, and renovated an old movie theater. The only sustainable farming initiative he's undertaken on the island so far is a hydroponic farming venture Sensei, which is just a wellness resort with a garden that opened in 2018.
In 2014 Ellison donated $10 million to the Friends of Israel Defense Force. In 2017 he gave the FIDF their largest amount donation in history, $16.6 million.