Oracle founder Larry Ellison is hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump
Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle and one of many world’s richest males, is throwing a fundraiser for Donald Trump — essentially the most vital show of assist from a main tech titan for the president, by far.
Ellison is hosting Trump at his property in California’s Coachella Valley subsequent week for a “Golf Outing and Reception,” in accordance with a copy of the invitation obtained by The Desert Sun, a native newspaper. Tickets run as excessive as a quarter million .
While Ellison has persistently backed Republicans previously — he was a main donor to a tremendous PAC backing Marco Rubio in 2016 — the fundraiser is positive to show the flamboyant 75-year-old billionaire to a new wave of political and company scrutiny. Silicon Valley workforces are, typically, deeply oppositional to the Trump administration, and it is going to be revealing to see whether or not Ellison encounters any pushback or activism from Oracle’s 136,000 staff, who’ve already expressed frustration with even lesser ties from Oracle to the administration.
Oracle has not been recognized to have a notably stressed workforce, however tech staff are organizing within the age of Trump and have sought to attenuate ties between their employers and the Trump administration. Companies like Google and Github have encountered staff who need the companies to finish their work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for occasion.
Ellison although has lengthy been considered one of Silicon Valley’s most eccentric and independent-minded leaders, and so he may care little concerning the blowback. Ellison is now not Oracle’s CEO however is its chief know-how officer and government chairman.
Recode requested Ellison’s group this previous September about whether or not he deliberate to again the president for reelection, however his spokespeople declined to remark. Ellison’s private and Oracle spokespeople didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon Wednesday.
The occasion will likely be held at Ellison’s personal property in Rancho Mirage subsequent Wednesday, in accordance with a copy of the invitation, on a golf course the place he as soon as performed with Barack Obama. Ellison — way more comfy with shows of opulence than many different tech billionaires — is a prodigious acquirer of property in Southern California.
What he has not been, up till now, is a main Trump donor. The most important tech billionaire to again Trump to this point has been early Facebook investor and board member Peter Thiel. Ellison has not made a political contribution of any kind for the reason that finish of 2017, and he has by no means earlier than donated to Trump or any Trump-backed group, in accordance with federal data.
That makes this choice to host a main, high-profile occasion for Trump all of the extra uncommon. But it’s additionally a main coup for the Trump group: Ellison is, in spite of everything, the nation’s fifth richest particular person, with a web value of virtually $70 billion.