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Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison Honored with Bennett Recognition Awards

The Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, honored Steve Jobs (posthumously) and Larry Ellison with Bennett achievement awards in recognition of their induction into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame.

For the last 18 years, the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame has recognized the achievements and contributions of Bay Area business leaders who have built some of the world’s most recognized and respected companies and brands. 

Jobs, who died in October 2011, co-founded Apple in 1977 and served as CEO and Chairman. Ellison co-founded Oracle in 1977 and has built the company into one of the world’s largest computer hardware and software companies. Ellison and Jobs join an esteemed list of Bay Area business luminaries that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including William Hewlett and David Packard, Gap Chairman Donald Fisher, George Lucas, Sun Microsystems Chairman and Co-Founder Scott McNealy, Charles Schwab, Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore, and Adobe Systems Founder John Warnock, among many others. 

Ellison and Jobs were honored with their Bennett corporate awards at Bay Area Council’s Annual Dinner and Business Hall of Fame gala, held November 7, 2013, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. More than 800 of the Bay Area’s top CEOs, corporate executives, and government and community leaders attended the event. Ellison was present to accept his achievement award, while Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software, accepted the recognition award on Job’s behalf. Ellison brought along the America’s Cup trophy, which was displayed at the reception preceding the evening. Ellison was also presented with a 2012 World Series championship ring by Larry Baer, the San Francisco Giants President and CEO, in recognition of his financial support in helping to keep the Giants in the Bay Area. 

For these recognition awards, the Bay Area Council selected the Bennett Awards design "Boundless", originally designed by renowned sculptor Tom Bennett. These gold-plated pewter awards were mounted on black marble bases with personalized gold-fill engraving of the award name, recipient name, and the Bay Area Council logo. 

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