Ellison, Jobs to be Inducted to Bay Area Business Hall of Fame

The Bay Area Council this week announced Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Apple Founder Steve Jobs (posthumously) will be 2013 inductees to the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, which for the past 18 years has recognized the accomplishments and contributions of Bay Area business titans who have built some of the world’s most recognized and respected companies and brands. Ellison and Jobs, who were close friends, will be honored at the Bay Area Council’s Annual Dinner and Business Hall of Fame gala on Thursday, November 7 in San Francisco. Invitations to the event will be going out in the coming weeks.

“Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs are transformational, larger-than-life business leaders whose genius, determination and audacity have defined and will continue to define a Bay Area culture of innovation, entrepreneurialism and success that is admired and emulated around the globe,” Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman said. “Steve Jobs is no longer with us, but his influence as the co-founder and visionary force behind one of the world’s most iconic companies and brands places him among the greatest business leaders and most brilliant thinkers of all time,” Wunderman said. “Larry Ellison through his force of will and keen intellect almost single-handedly pioneered the commercial software industry, ushering in the age of global e-commerce and forever changing how companies do business.”

Jobs, who died in October 2011, co-founded Apple in 1977 and served as CEO and Chairman. Ellison co-founded Oracle in 1977 and has built the company into one of the world’s largest computer hardware and software companies. Ellison and Jobs join an esteemed list of Bay Area business luminaries that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including William Hewlett and David Packard, Gap Chairman Donald Fisher, George Lucas, Sun Microsystems Chairman and Co-Founder Scott McNealy, Charles Schwab, Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore, and Adobe Systems Founder John Warnock, among many others. For information about the event and to become a sponsor, contact Communications Manager Virginia Dawson.

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