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The Incredible Real Estate Portfolio Of Oracle Billionaire Larry Ellison

MADELINE STONE

56 MINUTES AGO 



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Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison is no stranger to the real estate market — he's been called "the nation's most avid trophy-home buyer" and has all but taken over entire neighborhoods in Malibu and the Lake Tahoe area.



When asked by CNBC in 2012 why he would buy more homes than he could possibly live in, Ellison referenced his love of art. 





"My favorite museums are things like the Frick Museum in NewYork and the Huntington Hartford in Pasadena where it's someone's home that you walk through," Ellison said to CNBC.



 "So I'm going to start these art museums that are basically converted homes, and I have one for modern art, and I have one for 19th century European art, and one for French impressionism. I've got Japanese. I own a home in Kyoto, Japan actually on the temple on grounds in Nanzenji that is going to become a Japanese art museum. So, a lot of…

Costa Rica: Where Environmentalism and Tourism Live in Harmony

The country is creating a model using its natural resources.











Costa Rica: Where Environmentalism and Tourism Live in Harmony
The country is creating a model using its natural resources.





Tourists take an aerial tram ride in the rainforest tram at the Braullio Carrillo National Park. More than 30 percent of Costa Rica's territories are held in national parks. (Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)






March 17, 2014 By Scott Johnson






Scott Johnson has headed Newsweek’s Mexico and Baghdad bureaus, and is the author of "The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, A Son and the CIA."





Standing on the beach at Playa Guiones, on Costa Rica’s northwest Guanacaste coastline, and looking eastward, the only thing one sees is an unbroken line of forest. 



There are no high-rises, no big hotels, no smog-filled taxi corridors catering to drunken tourists. 



Instead the trees are filled with monkeys and birds with brightly colored plumes. The only sounds are the crashing of the ocean’s waves and the thrum of fore…