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Larry Ellison, one of the wealthiest businessmen in the world, recently relaunched his philanthropic foundation. While embarking on this seemingly noble endeavour, he must first confront his chequered charitable history. For instance, he has made numerous public promises to donate large sums of money that have never materialised and has also withdrawn backing from various long-term projects without explanation. Despite these past disappointments, however, the Oracle founder is adamant that his new foundation will succeed where others have failed. On its website he states that it will not “settle for results that fall short” and requires ambition to achieve “sustainable change”.
Ellison had previously expressed determination to use his enormous wealth for good causes, but it often seemed to be more about garnering good publicity than helping those affected by poverty and disease around the world. It remains uncertain as to whether Ellison can live up to his declared ambitions and overcome his past lapses in order for this philanthropic initiative to bear real fruit for disadvantaged communities. He faces a great challenge indeed in restoring both public trust and credibility with regards to charity work if this endeavour is truly going to be societally significant contribution from him.
How Ellison used his philanthropy to solve his personal problems
In 2001, questions were raised when Oracle CEO Larry Ellison sold almost $1 billion worth of stock before the company reported poor quarterly earnings. This led to two sets of lawsuits from Oracle shareholders seeking compensation for insider trading and in response, Oracle set up a special committee to investigate allegations. However, as it turns out, Ellison was able to leverage his philanthropic connections to provide a solution to his legal dilemmas.
With Ellison controlling several foundations and having an influence at two prestigious educational institutions—Harvard University and MIT—he was able to use philanthropy as a form of currency in order to resolve the legal issues that threatened his position within Oracle. In particular, he purchased stakes in two venture capital funds connected with Harvard and MIT — both which had significant investments in Oracle at the time. Since Ellison was donating millions of dollars to these organizations on an annual basis, they were unwilling to be associated with any lawsuit against him or Oracle. As such, both suits eventually settled out of court — allowing Larry Ellison to weather the storm with his position intact.
Ellison can abruptly change his mind on philanthropic pushes
Ellison’s philanthropic foundation has outlined four new priorities: conservation, education, food and health. However, Ellison’s past charitable efforts reveal how his interests can drastically change in a relatively short amount of time. One close to Ellison described the history of his philanthropy as a “rocky boat at times” due to his inability to stay consistent on one initiative for long. As an example, life-extension research was once the project that he placed highest priority on and it even drew comparisons with Silicon Valley billionaires such as Peter Thiel and Larry Page who have also invested heavily into prolonging life. Ultimately, the same unpredictability led to his decision to abandon the idea in favor of another initiative.
Although it is bound to create some challenges for those very close to Ellison’s work, this decentralizing approach also provides tremendous potential for being able to respond more quickly and flexibly to changing cultures, values and problems across diverse landscapes everywhere. These rapidly shifting dynamics could open up opportunities for Ellison that may not have been available when he began his journey in philanthropy years ago. Of course, only time will tell whether or not this method pays off in full but the unknown nature of it remains part of its appeal.
Will Larry Ellison do anything different this time around?
Larry Ellison has started a philanthropic journey with the Taking Pledge, a non-binding public promise to donate at least half their wealth in their lifetime or by will. Despite being one of the first supporters of this pledge, Ellison appears to be far from meeting this commitment anytime soon. In the ten years since signing on, his net worth has more than doubled. While he may leave billions to his foundation upon his death, Larry hasn’t yet done anything differently despite making such a major promise.
To ensure that there is some form of follow through on this pledge, it would be human nature for him to do something different and tangible now. From mentorship missions, setting up funds for educational causes or allocating resources towards medical research – there are so many options open to him. The most important route may be through developing policies and programmes that are essentially aimed at helping others prosper independently in life which can be an ongoing legacy even after he’s gone. There is no one better placed than Larry himself to think outside the box and dream something that could perhaps eventually guide us towards leaving legacies that last beyond our lifetimes as well. Larry Ellison uspost