Elon Musk and Larry Ellison are “very close friends,” according to Ellison, who joined Tesla’s board of directors in 2018.

With a net worth of over $105 billion, he is one of the wealthiest individuals living, a title he shares with Musk. In 2012, Ellison paid over $500 million to buy practically the whole Hawaiian island of Lanai.

Elon Musk and Larry Ellison
Elon Musk and Larry Ellison

If their connections with Benioff and Jobs, Page, Brin, and Dorsey are any indicator, Ellison and Musk are two of the friendliest CEOs in tech. So it’s no surprise that the two billionaires are “extremely close” buddies.

Ellison, 74, is one of Musk’s most outspoken backers, describing him as a “very close buddy” during a financial analyst meeting in October, prompting some to question if he’d be willing to challenge Musk.

According to Bloomberg, Ellison chastised people who complained about Musk’s cannabis consumption on live Internet TV and his contentious behavior on Twitter at the same meeting.

“This man is a rocket launcher,” Ellison said. “You know, he’s landing missiles on ocean robot drone rafts.” And you’re implying that he has no idea what he’s doing.

Who else is launching rockets, after all? Have you ever attempted to land a rocket on a robot drone? “What are your credentials?”

Ellison, a Silicon Valley great, developed Oracle from the ground up into a global powerhouse.

Oracle became the world’s largest provider of corporate databases and other important back-office software and services because to its well-known aggressive sales team.