Oracle chief Larry Ellison showed his true Silicon Valley tycoon colors yesterday, talking "as if his acrimonious 18-month bid to acquire competitor PeopleSoft was a done deal" and delivering "the kind of tongue-lashing to the 49ers' owners, Denise DeBartolo York and her husband, John York, that he usually reserves for tech rivals," according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Oracle-CEO and founder Larry Ellison: San Francisco 49ers the next take-over?
Ellison's comments are premature in both cases. Oracle has not completed a take-over of PeopleSoft and faces new legal challenges due to the "poison-pill" defense that PeopleSoft has mounted.
Ellison doesn't own the San Francisco 49ers football team, either, although rumors have suggested that he has been interested in purchasing the team.
Ellison talks about Oracle's plans for PeopleSoft, then blasts 49ers, by John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News, 9 December 2004
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