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Oracle’s Larry Ellison Buys Palm Beach Mansion

The final price for hedge-funder Gabe Hoffman’s estate was just over the $100 million asking price

By Katherine Clarke
Fri, Apr 16, 2021 11:59amGrey Clock 2 min

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison has purchased a North Palm Beach mansion from hedge-fund manager Gabe Hoffman, the founder of Accipiter Capital Management, for $80 million, according to two people familiar with the deal. The property sold for just above its $100 million asking price.

Mr. Ellison could not immediately be reached for comment.

The oceanfront compound has over 158-metres of ocean frontage in the ultra-pricey Seminole Landing neighbourhood, according to the listing. Seminole is a gated community with 24-hour security.

The estate is one of the priciest ever to have traded in Florida. PHOTO: DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

The 1440-sqmTuscan-style property has seven bedrooms, a home theatre and a wine room. It also includes a tennis court and is one of a handful of properties in Florida where someone could land and take off in a helicopter from the estate, according to the listing.

The property sold for slightly above its asking price. PHOTO: DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

Mr. Hoffman bought the main parcel in 2012 for US$17.5 million and put the house on the market in June 2020, records show. He was not immediately available for comment.

Chris Leavitt and Ashley McIntosh of Douglas Elliman represented Mr. Hoffman. Tonja Garamella of Douglas Elliman represented Mr. Ellison. Both sets of agents declined to comment.
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