The Oracle software developer community is in mourning following the death of Oracle Software founder and CEO Larry Ellison.
Ellison died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, according to Oracle.
Oracle released a statement in which Ellison’s wife, Linda, expressed her condolences to his family.
“Larry’s death is a shock to the entire Oracle community,” she wrote.
“Oracle is in shock.
We lost a brilliant and brilliant leader and visionary.
I am sorry for his loss.
His impact on Oracle is immense.
He had a profound impact on the world.
I will miss him so much.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am so grateful that we are here in the Oracle community.
He will be missed.”
Ellison was the founder of Oracle in 1990, and was one of the company’s earliest employees.
Ellison, who was born in Alabama, attended the University of Alabama, and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in 1985.
Ellison’s tenure as CEO of Oracle has seen the company become a leader in the growing field of software development.
Ellison has been the face of Oracle since he founded the company in 1991.
Ellison led the company through its transition to a free software-based operating system, and he helped usher in Oracle’s first commercial cloud services.
Ellison is best known for developing the popular Java programming language.
Ellison worked as an entrepreneur and consultant for a decade before starting Oracle in 1991, and became Oracle’s CEO in 2002.
He was succeeded by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison in 2012.
Ellison and Ellison are survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons, Alex and Dylan, and five grandchildren.
The Oracle team issued a statement through a representative on Ellison’s behalf: Larry Ellison has died.
We mourn his passing.
We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ellison family and all Oracle family members.
Larry was the Founder and CEO of one of America’s most successful software companies, and has left behind a large and dedicated community of supporters.
We will miss his vision and his impact on software development and on the Oracle Software community.
Oracle will always be a part of his legacy.
Oracle is grateful to all of the employees, contractors, and other customers that worked tirelessly over the years to ensure Oracle’s success.
We offer our deepest sympathies to Larry’s family and friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Ellison left a large team and a company that has become a success.
In April 2020, Oracle was valued at $4.8 billion, and Ellison was worth more than $20 billion.
The company has gone on to sell a number of its products and services to businesses, including the Oracle cloud computing platform, Oracle Database Server, Oracle HyperLogLog, Oracle Enterprise Service, Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Java and Oracle Access.
Ellison was also a leading advocate for social good, having helped create the first nonprofit organization, The Ellison Foundation, which provides assistance to poor children.
Ellison had also helped create and lead a number the philanthropic efforts to help build a world without malaria, which has plagued the developing world for decades.
Ellison founded the nonprofit Ellison Family Foundation, a non-profit that supports causes that impact people of color and disadvantaged communities.
In 2018, Ellison announced that he was leaving Oracle to focus on his philanthropic work.
Oracle has also been a major beneficiary of Ellison’s philanthropic contributions.
Oracle donated $1 million to the family foundation in 2018.
Ellison received $1.25 million from Oracle’s Enterprise Solutions business in 2018, the company said.
Oracle also contributed $1,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2018 as part of a program to help raise funds for the Clintons’ charitable causes.
Ellison also supported several initiatives in the U.S. and overseas to combat climate change.
Ellison launched a group called the Ellison Initiative to Advance Climate Justice in 2020.
In February 2018, Oracle announced a partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to launch a series of investigations into the company.
Ellison continued to support his foundation as CEO, with the foundation donating $3.5 million to support the Global Fund to Fight Climate Change in 2017.
Ellison helped create Oracle’s “Oracle for Kids” initiative, which aims to educate children and teens about climate change and related issues.
Oracle’s philanthropy also continues to be an integral part of Oracle’s business, with Ellison leading the company to a $3 billion investment in new cloud computing and services, including Oracle Cloud Service.
Oracle cofounder and CEO David Sacks has said that Ellison’s vision for Oracle is the foundation for the future of the software industry.
Ellison will be remembered for his contributions to Oracle’s community, and for his many contributions to the technology industry.
“He was the leader who made Oracle the leading software company of all time, and I think Oracle will be the company that he always wanted to lead the way for,” Sacks said in a statement.
“I am proud to call Larry my friend and colleague, and my son to whom I have always