Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison has an incredible real estate portfolio — take a look at his properties in Silicon Valley, Japan, Hawaii, and more

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Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison.

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Dubbed the "nation's most avid trophy-home buyer" by the Wall Street Journal, Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison is no stranger to the real estate market.

Ellison is the tenth-richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $60 billion, according to Forbes. When asked in 2012 why he would buy more homes than he could possibly live in, Ellison referenced his love of art. 

"I'm going to start these art museums that are basically converted homes," Ellison told CNBC in 2012. "I have one for modern art, and I have one for 19th-century European art, and one for French impressionism."

Although his 2012 purchase of the Hawaiian island of Lanai has been his largest overall investment by far, he's made a number of blockbuster purchases over the last two decades in Silicon Valley, Lake Tahoe, and even Japan.

Here are all the houses and properties belonging to the cofounder of Oracle:

Larry Ellison bought this $3.9 million home in San Francisco's swanky Pacific Heights neighborhood in 1988, more than 10 years after founding Oracle.

larry ellison pacific heights san francisco
larry ellison pacific heights san francisco

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Ellison owns a 10,000-square-foot mansion, designed by architect William Wurster, with four levels and five bedrooms. The Pacific Heights neighborhood is known as "Billionaire's Row," which is also home to other tech moguls like Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Apple designer Jony Ive, and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman.

Several news outlets reported Ellison planned to buy the home next door for $40 million so he could cut down his neighbor's trees blocking his home's view. However, the sale didn't happen.

 

He also owns a 23-acre estate in Woodside, California. Ellison reportedly spent $200 million on renovating the property, which is modeled after a 16th-century Japanese imperial palace.

larry ellison woodside
larry ellison woodside

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Ellison first purchased the property in 1995 for $12 million. It reportedly took nine years to design and renovate the Woodside home, and it was completed in 2004.

 

Ellison also once owned an equestrian compound, not far from his Woodside estate, which he purchased for $23 million in 2005. However, he put the property up for sale in 2011.

larry ellison house woodside california
larry ellison house woodside california

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Ellison took a markdown for the estate, which he listed at $19 million. The two-part property spanned almost seven acres, and had a barn for horses, a beach volleyball court, and a pool.

In nearby Palo Alto, Ellison owns the Epiphany Hotel, which he purchased for $71.6 million in 2015.

epiphany hotel
epiphany hotel

The Epiphany Hotel pre-renovation.

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While Ellison still owns the hotel, it's has been managed by Nobu Hospitality since 2017 under the name Nobu Hotel Epiphany. The hotel is currently under renovation, but will open in 2020 with 73 rooms equipped with Alexa virtual assistants that range from $600 to $900 a night.

Ellison owns as many as two dozen properties in Malibu, California, including at least 10 on a stretch of Carbon Beach known as "Billionaire's Beach." His total spending on properties in Malibu is an estimated $200 million to $250 million.

carbon beach malibu
carbon beach malibu

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Since 2002, Ellison has steadily been buying up properties in Malibu. In 2013, he paid $18 million for producer Jerry Bruckheimer's house, and also paid $48 million for a five-bedroom home that once belonged to the late real estate developer Norman Ackenberg.

In 2004, Ellison paid $17.6 million for a Carbon Beach property now home to Nobu, an ultra-trendy chain of Japanese restaurants popular among Hollywood A-listers.

nobu malibu
nobu malibu

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Ellison also bought the property right next door, where he opened a Mediterranean restaurant in 2013 called Nikita (named after his girlfriend Nikita Kahn). However, Nikita closed in late 2014, while Nobu Malibu remains successful.

In 2007, Ellison purchased the historic beachfront Casa Malibu Inn for $20 million. He transformed the property into a Japanese concept hotel called Nobu Ryokan Malibu, which opened in April 2017.

nobu ryokan Courtyard Day
nobu ryokan Courtyard Day

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To build the 16-room high-end hotel on Carbon Beach, Ellison teamed up with actor Robert De Niro, film producer Meir Teper, and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the mastermind behind the Nobu sushi chain.

The hotel is in the style of a ryokan, a traditional Japanese-style inn, with rooms overlooking the ocean that feature soaking tubs. Rooms are available for around $2,300 a night.

Ellison added to his real estate portfolio in Malibu in 2018 with a $38 million purchase of a beachfront house from movie producer Joel Silver.

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larry ellison malibu joel silver

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The property has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, as well as a detached guest house with another two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Ellison, an avid tennis fan himself, bought the Malibu Racquet Club for $6.9 million in 2007.

Malibu Racquet Club
Malibu Racquet Club

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The facilities have been vastly improved since the purchase, with the addition of new tennis courts. Tennis pros Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams have been spotted here.

The club is incredibly private — you have to score an invitation to become a member.

Ellison capitalized on his love for tennis in 2009: He bought the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the professional tennis tournament BNP Paribas Open. The property is located just outside of Palm Springs, California.

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serena williams BNP Paribas Open

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Since buying the property and the tournament for $100 million, Ellison transformed the facilities to accommodate for additional courts, bigger stadiums, and more room for attendees.

Ellison also owns a private golf club spanning almost 250 acres in Rancho Mirage, California. He bought the property for $42.9 million in 2011.

Porcupine Creek golf club
Porcupine Creek golf club

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Previously owned by Yellowstone Club founders Tim and Edra Blixseth, the Porcupine Creek golf club includes a main house with a whopping 16 bedrooms, in addition to several separate guest houses.

Ellison also owns numerous properties along picturesque Lake Tahoe. He offloaded this home on Lake Tahoe's east shore in 2014 — it sold for $20.4 million.

Larry Ellison Lake Tahoe house
Larry Ellison Lake Tahoe house

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The property — located in Glenbrook, Nevada — is more than 2.6 acres and has 13 bedrooms, a screening room, a library, and a sauna. Ellison purchased it in 2006, but decided to sell in favor of properties in Lake Tahoe's Snug Harbor and Incline Village.

Ellison has a number of properties in Incline Village, Nevada, an affluent neighborhood on Lake Tahoe's north shore favored by billionaires. The total amount he's spent on properties here is estimated at $102 million.

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incline village nevada

Incline Village, Nevada.

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The 7.6-acre property has a private beach and two private piers, a tennis court, and a pool and spa. There are a number of houses on the estate: a cottage, a writer's cabin, a beach house, a guard house, and more.

In 2017, Ellison purchased the iconic Cal Neva Resort — once owned by Frank Sinatra — in North Lake Tahoe for $35.8 million.

Cal Neva resort
Cal Neva resort

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The 10-story lodge, hotel, and casino was once frequented by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. Ellison is reportedly gearing up to renovate the property, which was built in 1926.

Across the US, on the East Coast, Ellison owns properties in ritzy Newport, Rhode Island. In 2010, he paid $10.5 million for the Beechwood Mansion, an estate he spent more than $100 million on to turn it into an art museum.

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beechwood mansion newport rhode island

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The historic Beechwood Mansion once belonged to the Astor family, and is still under renovation to become an art museum housing Ellison's personal collection of 18th and 19th century European art.

After buying the Beechwood estate, Ellison purchased three surrounding properties on Newport's Bellevue Avenue. Most recently, Ellison bought the nearby Seacliff home for $11 million in February 2019.

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larry ellison newport rhode island

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The Seacliff property has 10 total rooms and five bedrooms. By purchasing these four neighboring Bellevue Avenue properties, Ellison's Newport estate now spans nine acres.

Ellison owns a historic garden villa in Kyoto, Japan, reportedly listed for $86 million.

Nanzenji Temple kyoto japan
Nanzenji Temple kyoto japan

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The property is located on the grounds of Nanzen-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Ellison told CNBC in 2012 that the property will eventually become a Japanese art museum.

In 2012, Ellison paid a reported $300 million to buy 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai. The land includes 90,000 acres of land, 3,2000 residents, and two Four Seasons resorts.

Larry Ellison Lanai
Larry Ellison Lanai

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Since purchasing the island, Ellison has bought two airlines, refurbished the island's hotels, and started investing in clean energy sources. He plans to use the island as an experiment for environmentally sound practices.

One of the two resorts on the island, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, reopened in February 2016 after a months-long renovation. The renovated hotel includes a Nobu restaurant and over 200 hotel rooms.

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four seasons lanai

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The resort has designer boutiques, an "adults-only retreat" with waterfalls, and an 18-hole golf course designed by legendary champion Jack Nicklaus.

In February 2014, Ellison purchased more residential properties near the other Lanai hotel, the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay. He spent a little more than $41 million on the additional homes.

Included in his purchase of the island was the Lana’i Animal Rescue Center, which is reportedly home to about 400 feral cats.

Lanai Cat Sanctuary, Lanai, Hawaii
Lanai Cat Sanctuary, Lanai, Hawaii

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Many of the cats were rescued from the dump and other sites near the Four Seasons, according to a Buzzfeed News feature on the center.

Additional reporting by Madeline Stone.

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