The Rich Are Different
Let’s check in with Larry Ellison’s plans for his Hawaiian island of Lanai, shall we? The Wall Street Journal talked to the Oracle founder/overlord, who revealed a few of his schemes for his biggest, shiniest toy yet.
His ideas include an “ultraluxury hotel” (for when mere luxury won’t do), bringing commercial agriculture back to the island (think “the very best gourmet mangos,” “organic wineries,” and perfume made straight from flowers, “like they do in Grasse, France”), and a “sustainability laboratory.”
His first move, though, was to renovate the community pool, because the absolute last thing he needs is a bunch of pissed-off locals.
Ball So Hard
Possible sailing cheater and Hawaiian island owner Larry Ellison has added a new item to his collection of things you will never be able to afford, according to Skift: the Hawaiian airline Island Air is now an Ellison possession.
Island Air is a small airline that provides flights between the islands of Hawaii, but we assume the Oracle founder will also be using it as his own private fleet of jets. If you were a kazillionaire, wouldn’t you?
One Percent Problems
Oracle CEO and New York Times-approved eligible bachelor Larry Ellison bought 98 percent of the Hawaiian island Lanai a couple months ago, making him the proud owner of two Four Seasons resorts, a solar farm, a pair of championship golf courses, the firstborn of every female citizen and 10 grass-skirt-bearing virgins.
Thus the Times sent one intrepid reporter down to Hawaii to ask the residents of Lanai how they feel about their new bearded overlord. And their passionate, tension-filled responses sound not unlike the rough draft of next summer’s feel-good land baron dramedy.
New York Times notable tech bachelor Larry Ellison has purchased 98 percent of Lanai, Hawaii’s largest island. Hawaii’s governor cited Mr. Ellison’s “passion for nature,” as a motivating factor in island ownership. [Guardian]
Peter Thiel’s plan is already paying off! James Proud, one of the fellows from Mr. Thiel’s recently-announced class, sold his company GigLocator to Peter Shapiro, the owner of Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl. [TechCrunch]
LinkedIn faces class action lawsuit demanding $5 million in damages for not safeguarding users’ (terrible, insecure) passwords. [The Inquirer]
Steve Wozniak showed his support for Megaupload by dropping by Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand manse. [CNET]