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Larry Ellison CEO Timeline: Making The IT Industry Fun For 40 Years

As Larry Ellison moves away from the helm of Oracle, which he shaped into one of the most influential companies in the IT industry, the world might just be a little quieter.

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The End Of An Era

As CEO of Oracle even before his company was known as Oracle, Lawrence "Larry" Ellison has been one of the true icons of the IT industry. He has threatened to shoot competitors, outlasted many potential heirs apparent, battled to be the richest man in the world, and even skipped high-profile events to engage in his passion for sailing.

No one has ever called Ellison boring. Indeed, from the time when "Oracle" was a CIA project and not a company, he has managed to be a part of nearly all the biggest changes in the IT industry, where he has continually redefined the future of computing while continuing to have a lot of fun doing so.

He once again gave the industry something to talk about Thursday when the company said he is stepping down as CEO to become CTO, naming Safra Catz and Mark Hurd as the company's new CEOs.

Here's a look back at the life and times of Ellison as CEO of Oracle.

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