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Larry Ellison's best zingers: a look back

James Niccolai | Sept. 19, 2014
Few CEOs have been as consistently entertaining as Larry Ellison. Love him or hate him, you can depend on him to liven up a speech with a put-down, a faux pas or a zinger for a competitor. Reporters joke that his public relations staff must take a lot of Xanax before he takes the stage. You never know what he's going to say next.

"We subpoenaed him for the SAP trial and he was on the lam. The HP board sent him to Bolivia to talk to customers. Then they sent him to Mongolia to talk to customers, just out of reach of the federal subpoenas."

"The board figured out, we should have left Leo in Mongolia. Because when he came to California, it really got bad."

HP's decision to replace Hurd with Apotheker is another favorite.

"I'm speechless. ... HP had several good internal candidates ... but instead they pick a guy who was recently fired because he did such a bad job of running SAP."

He's immensely proud of the security of the Oracle database.

"Mr. Snowden never could have gotten into an Oracle database," he said in January.

On trying to imitate his old friend Steve Jobs:

"To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, 'I'd like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?'"

 

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