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Elephant Stomped Silicon Valley Giant Tom Siebel
NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/3/09

Posted on 09/03/2009 10:29:36 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Billionaire was trampled during August trip to Serengeti

Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Siebel says he's recovering from broken ribs and legs after an elephant charged at him and a tour guide in the Serengeti a month ago.

Siebel on Wednesday told the San Jose Mercury News that the animal plowed into the guide and then attacked him, breaking several ribs, goring him in the left leg and crushing the right leg.

"It was all happening so fast." Siebel told the paper.

"There was no place to hide, no place to run." The 55-year-old Siebel Systems software founder said the Aug. 1 attack happened during a photo safari in Tanzania.

Silicon Valley Exec Turns Philanthropist

Siebel and the guide were watching a group of elephants from about 200 yards away when one of them charged at the pair without warning, he said. The guide fired at the massive animal as it thundered toward them, but missed. The elephant stomped and gored the billionaire until he "curled into as tight a ball as I could," he told the paper.

They waited for the animal to wander away then radioed for help. It was three hours until Siebel was able to get medical attention. Rescuers airlifted him to Nairobi for emergency care before flying back to Califoria for further treatment. The attack left the guide with broken ribs and other injuries.

He says he expects to make a full recovery after reconstructive surgery and physical therapy.

Siebel, who has never been shy when it comes to talking about the tech industry, has kept quiet about the incident until now, he says, because he didn't want the publicity. He spoke to the newspaper exclusively because wanted to clear up rumors circulating in the community.

"I was very fortunate to have survived something you might not think was survivable," he told the paper, from his Woodside home. "But I am home now, and with my family. It makes you glad to be home."

Siebel, a former Oracle executive, sold his company Siebel systems back to Oracle for nearly $6 billion after a long drawn-out public fued with rival Larry Ellison. He's a big supporter of Stanford University and recently made news as a big supporter of Sarah Palin.

His latest venture is a non-profit called First Virtual, aimed at helping keep young people away from meth use. His estimated worth is somewhere around $2 billion. Siebel's cousin, Ken, is San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel's father.


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KEYWORDS: elephant; palin; siliconvalley

1 posted on 09/03/2009 10:29:37 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: martin_fierro; NormsRevenge

The elephant was paid off by Larry Ellison.


2 posted on 09/03/2009 10:30:14 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ShadowAce

Ping


3 posted on 09/03/2009 10:30:46 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

WOW!


4 posted on 09/03/2009 10:31:46 AM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE HOMO!)
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To: nickcarraway

You sure it wasn’t Peggy Noonan?


5 posted on 09/03/2009 10:31:47 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: nickcarraway
Did you know elephants are the only mammal to have their sex organs in their feet?

Seriously.

It's because if they step on you, you're f@@ked.
6 posted on 09/03/2009 10:32:20 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, a real elephant. I thought it was going to be about the GOP crapping on Palin again.


7 posted on 09/03/2009 10:33:11 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: nickcarraway

Elephants must be taken seriously!


8 posted on 09/03/2009 10:33:25 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: nickcarraway
The elephant was paid off by Larry Ellison

Bingo!!

9 posted on 09/03/2009 10:34:19 AM PDT by Regulator (And you know the joke about Larry and God.....)
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To: nickcarraway

fithp rule!


10 posted on 09/03/2009 10:36:44 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Achtung. preparen zie fur die obamahopenchangen.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Take my wife,Please!


11 posted on 09/03/2009 10:37:30 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: nickcarraway

The very symbol of the GOP! Must’ve been a RINO. Why couldn’t it have been a donkey kicking George Soros in the teeth?


12 posted on 09/03/2009 10:39:57 AM PDT by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: nickcarraway

“The guide fired at the massive animal as it thundered toward them, but missed.”

1. Siebel is lucky to be alive, but at least has an amazing story to tell.

2. He hired the wrong guide.


13 posted on 09/03/2009 10:53:26 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: nickcarraway
recently made news as a big supporter of Sarah Palin

A spokesman for the environmental movement recently commented that the Serengeti is in need of preservation as a pristine wilderness. The area should be visited by more Palin supporters, the spokesperson said. Furthermore, there is a move afoot to raise the consciousness of GOP leadership like Palin through ACORN sponsored safaris providing up close and in the wild observation of their party mascot.

14 posted on 09/03/2009 10:55:47 AM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s very lucky to be alive. African elephants can be very ill-tempered.


15 posted on 09/03/2009 11:12:44 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: nickcarraway

I hope he had aflac.

wow

for sure he is major lucky there that he isn’t dead..


16 posted on 09/03/2009 11:16:44 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: nickcarraway

Whats that white stuff between the elephant’s toes?


17 posted on 09/03/2009 11:20:42 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: nickcarraway

“The guide fired at the massive animal as it thundered toward them, but missed.”

Something is not right in this story.

The guide watched the elephant charge from 200 yards????

And then he missed??????? He missed an elephant??????????

No White Hunter I ever heard of was that egregiously incompetent.

Questions:
1. What cal. rifle was the “guide” carrying?
2. When was the last time said “guide” went to the range?


18 posted on 09/03/2009 11:37:18 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: GladesGuru
“The guide fired at the massive animal as it thundered toward them, but missed.”

Something is not right in this story.

The guide watched the elephant charge from 200 yards????

And then he missed??????? He missed an elephant??????????

No White Hunter I ever heard of was that egregiously incompetent.


"Don't shoot until you see the white of their eyes!"

No "white" in an elephant's eyes...
19 posted on 09/03/2009 1:22:10 PM PDT by Moltke
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