German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche profiled C3. A catastrophic elephant attack in Tanzania almost cost US software billionaire Tom Siebel his life in Now he keeps a powerful photo of a charging elephant hanging in his office as a reminder. That moment changed everything.
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To say Tom Siebel has had an interesting life would be putting it mildly. He's a billionaire, a technology visionary, and the survivor of an elephant goring eight years ago that — given the odds — should have killed him. Several doctors told Siebel he would never walk again, much less sail competitively. So what do you learn about life when you've stared down death in the form of a five-ton elephant that crushes you, and lived to tell the tale? After you've made all that, and survived it all, why are you still inventing at the age of 64? Here are some bits to chew on:.
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. The year-old Siebel Systems software founder said the Aug. Siebel and the guide were watching a group of elephants from about 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.
Thomas M. He is the chairman of First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company with interests in investment management , commercial real estate , agribusiness , and philanthropy. Between and , Siebel was an executive at Oracle Corporation , where he held a number of management positions.