In an interview with Charlie Rose for an upcoming segment on “CBS This Morning,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a close friend of the late Steve Jobs, said we already know what will happen at Apple without the genius visionary (via AllThingsD):
“Well, we already know,” Ellison told Rose. “We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.”
Ellison also spoke about Jobs earlier this year at D10, and described the life of the Apple co-founder as the following:
He wasn’t trying to be rich,” Ellison said at D10. “He wasn’t trying to be famous. He wasn’t trying to be powerful. He was obsessed with the creative process and building something that was beautiful.
Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs revealed details on just how close the friendship was between the two tech moguls:
In 1995 Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison threw a fortieth birthday party for Jobs filled with tech stars and moguls. Ellison had become a close friend, and he would often take the Jobs family out on one of his many luxurious yachts. Reed [Jobs’ son] started referring to him as “our rich friend,” which was amusing evidence of how his father refrained from ostentatious displays of wealth.
The full Larry Ellison interview with Charlie Rose is set to air later today.