Oracle's Larry Ellison Acquires 98% Ownership of Lanai Hawaiian Island

Oracle's Larry Ellison Acquires 98% Ownership of Lanai Hawaiian Island

For the majority of Americans, when a fabulously wealthy person buys a private island, the eye-rolling is so severe that is causes widespread migraines. Thus, one’s knee jerk reaction to hearing via the Wall Street Journal that Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison just dropped $300 million to acquire 98% ownership of Hawaii’s Lanai island is more of the same. However, there’s more to the story.

Lanai
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According to the report, Ellison has more in mind for the 141 square mile island than luxurious vacationing. True, he’s planning an “ultraluxury” hotel, but he’s also planning to bring back commercial agriculture, build a sustainability laboratory, develop a massive desalination plant to pump 10 million gallons of fresh water to the island every day, and generally improve the welfare and employment of the island’s 3,100 or so denizens. He also wants to see the island population increase to closer to 6,000.

Lanai
Image credit: WSJ

Other ideas include sustainability such as solar power, as well as renovated domiciles for workers, rehabbed parks and downtown businesses, and exporting products such as pineapples and handmade perfumes.

It still sounds a bit like Ellison has bought himself a billionaire’s playground, but at least he wants his playground to respect the people that live there, the history of the island, and the land itself.
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If he's got the money and has spent it, more power to him.

It will be interesting to see what he really does with the island.

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Are you kidding? This is the stuff that James Bond movies are based upon! The real question is 'What will Larry Ellison REALLY do with this island'?Confused

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