Where to begin.... Oh, Oracle, of course!
Larry Ellison tops the list of highest paid CEOs in the world. Guess how much he made last year by charging ridiculously high prices for the Oracle database?
$192.9 million dollars
Yep, that's right. Larry made 192 million dollars last year. We all know his net worth is estimated at $25 Billion. And, though you have admire what he has accomplished, you really do start to hate the guy. His cheesy "I look like a 1970s porn star" beard and his "I need to compensate" yacht paint a nice little picture.
Two years ago, I was at Oracle OpenWorld. You remember, the year he paraded penguins around the stage and announced Unbreakable Linux. Well, for those who may not remember, or for those that missed it, the Oracle/BMW America's Cup boat was in the lobby! Yes, the monster boat was in the lobby. I just couldn't help thinking to myself: How can people accept that?
And, of course, you know about Larry's Japanese style estate in Woodside, CA. This estate cost over $200 million after multiple change orders and construction delays.
Larry had the audacity to claim a $3 million tax break claiming this flamboyant estate was overvalued because there was no market for 16th Century Japanese architecture. Ummm, Larry, you built the damn thing.
Think about all of this when your Oracle Sales Rep comes knocking on your door this month to "audit" your licenses. Larry needs a new boat.
Of course, I am just jealous ;)