Larry Ellison has donated testing supplies and invested in the island’s hospital, while leaders at his company have directed the response in tandem with Lanai’s local government [File: Bloomberg]
Larry Ellison controls just about every part of Lanai, a Hawaiian island that for months was shielded from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
As Covid-19 swept across the U.S. mainland in the spring and summer, Lanai didn’t have a single case. Its 3,000 residents avoided mass layoffs while tourism plunged, protected by the billionaire who owns 98% of the island.
Now, the gorgeous paradise, about 2,500 miles southwest of Los Angeles, is confronting a tough reality.
Ellison’s two Four Seasons resorts, which employ nearly a quarter of the island’s residents, laid off or furloughed almost all