While I am tough on his company, Oracle on my Deal Architect blog, for the insufficient innovation/value it delivers to its corporate customers, how can you not admire Larry Ellison personally for his support of all kinds of flashy new technology and other good things in various walks of life?
The technology in the BMW Oracle contender for America's Cup
His Katsura House - among other things, the engineering to make it earthquake proof
His tailored Atollini suits
His Edward Green shoes
Definitely a Medici in our New Renaissance. Even though many of his corporate customers may disagree.