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Larry Ellison Has a Thing for Japanese Puppies

Nina Martin | June 28, 2013 | Story Galleries and Performance

The new Asian Art Museum show devoted to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's collection of Japanese masterpieces is called “In the Moment.” But a better title might be “Psychobiography of a Middle-Aged Zillionaire, Heavy on the Gilt.” Ellison “is a very sympathetic, emotional person,” says Emily Sano, his personal curator since 2008 (and before that, the museum’s director). “He’s known for being hard-driving and aggressive, but the flip side is that he feels things very keenly. What he chooses are pieces that are beautiful but also meaningful to him, that make him experience that deep emotion.”

Browse through some of the highlights of the Ellison collection above for some possible insights into the man himself. "In the Moment" appears at the Asian Art Museum through Sept. 22.

Originally published in the July 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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