Ellison bought Lanai for a half billion. The sale flew via Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the official who announced the deal.
Billionaire David Murdock, owner of the land’s holder Castle & Cooke Inc., said he has begun the process to gain rights to build a Lanai wind farm, a controversial project. He is in talks with Ellison’s handlers and reps now in all likelihood.
The land’s owner, Castle & Cooke Inc., filed a transfer application with the state’s public utilities commission, which regulates utilities on the island that serve its two resorts. The name of the actual owner of the property for which Ellison is paying an estimate half billion dollars U.S. is as yet unavailable — Salesforce founder Marc Benioff, a long-time connection with Ellison, is a likely candidate. But we’ll see.
Ellison, founder of Oracle, is owner of the World Cup competition, races in it, also owns the world’s second-largest yacht and a number of other rare and powerful vehicles including fighter jets and race cars. An island is a departure. Recently single, he remains a major funder of work into anti-aging causes.