Larry Ellison CBS Interview

Apple is doomed without Steve Jobs according to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison


By Jennifer Faull | Deputy Editor

August 13, 2013 | 2 min read

Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO and good friend of late Apple founder Steve Jobs, has said that “we already know” what an Apple without Jobs looks like, and it’s not good.

In an interview for CBS This Morning, Ellison called Jobs “one of the most remarkable humans on this planet”, stating he was an Edison or Picasso of our time, and that without him Apple simply doesn’t function in the same way.

“We conducted the experiment and it’s been done,” said Ellison.

“We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now we’re going to see Apple without Steve Jobs.”

Each time Ellison talked about an Apple with Jobs, he pointed his finger upward; each time he mentioned Apple without Jobs, he pointed his finger downward.

Ellison also called the actions of Google CEO Larry Page “evil” over his plagiarising his Oracle programming language.

"We don't compete with Google. We don't do anything Google does. We just think they took our stuff and that was wrong. That's a completely separate issue ... I think what they did was -- was-- absolutely evil," Ellison said.

"Larry ... makes the decisions over there. He runs that company.”

"I don't know how he thinks you can just copy someone else's stuff. It really bothers me," he said.

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