REDWOOD SHORES, California--Oracle
chief executive and Apple Computer
board member Larry Ellison today criticized recent press reports concerning
interim CEO Steve Jobs and said he had not been a part of any interviews
recently for the top position at the computer maker.
Apple announced its second straight
profitable quarter today
under the guidance of Jobs. Ellison, speaking at Oracle headquarters during an industry event, said Jobs continues to wrestle
with his love of Apple and his desire to pursue other interests, such as
running Pixar Animation Studios.
"Steve really doesn't want to stay, but he loves Apple," Ellison noted.
In response to a question concerning the state of the search for a chief executive at
Apple, Ellison said: "I'm not looking too hard."
Ellison showed support for Jobs in statements made in January at a
Ellison also characterized a recent report in the Wall Street Journal as
"an outrage." The report was critical of Jobs's management style,
among other things. Ellison and Jobs are known to be close friends.
"He's taken a company that was headed for disaster and made it profitable
overnight," he said. "Just look at the facts."