The 25 Most Influential Executives of 2009

There's a reason Larry Ellison is into Japanese culture. He is the ultimate samurai. He has survived as founder and CEO of Oracle for 32 years and vanquished countless competitors. He likes to pay his salespeople well and give them the room they need to succeed. He might not have as high a channel quotient as Hurd or Chambers. But he gets the sales and the channel thing. The Sun acquisition, his latest blockbuster move, is a winner. Mess with Larry and you'll lose your head.

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