California’s richest person supports Jerry Brown

Your campaign finance tidbit du jour: Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison – with an estimated net worth of $22.5 billion, placing fourth on Forbes’ most recent list of the richest people in the world – gave California Attorney General Jerry Brown’s nascent 2010 gubernatorial campaign $13,000 Saturday, according to the Secretary of State’s database as updated today.

I think $13,000 is about 5.8 millionths of $22.5 billion. Or, as Larry Ellison might say, a generous tip.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    I asked some of the state’s poorest citizens–homeless types– and they told they didn’t know the Gov’s term was coming to a close.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Larry; can you spare a dime?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Oh great, another guilt trip has arrived. Can’t he just give the government all of his money and stop professing his allegiances?

  • Rory P. McKeon

    We knew he (Ellison) was super-smart. Looks like he’s also engaged and principled in full measure.

  • Elwood

    Two differences between God and Larry Ellison:

    1. God doesn’t crave publicity.

    2. God doesn’t think he’s Larry Ellison.