Three billionaires are changing Hawaii resort development with their digital dollars:
Company: CEO of Oracle
Estimated worth: $41 billion (No. 3 on Forbes' list of 400 wealthiest Americans)
Investment: Purchased 98 percent of the island of Lanai for between $500 million and $600 million
Notes: A college dropout, Ellison is financing Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup yacht race. The team was recently found guilty of spying on opponents and docked five practice days. Ellison is being courted to bid on the Sacramento Kings basketball team to keep it from moving to Seattle.
Islands: Big Island, Maui
Company: CEO of Dell
Estimated worth: $14.6 billion (No. 22 on Forbes 400)
Investment: Leads MSD Capital LP, which owns Four Seasons hotels on the Big Island and Maui, Kona Village on the Big Island and the Fairmont
in Santa Monica
Notes: Another college dropout, Dell is trying to take his namesake company private, buying up public shares.
Lives: Austin, Texas
Islands: Maui, Kauai
Company: Former chairman of
Makes: Internet service provider/content supplier
Estimated worth: $1.7 billion (No. 285 on Forbes 400)
Investment: Has fully or partially owned more than 40,000 acres on Kauai and more than 20,000 on Maui. He's majority owner of Maui Land & Pineapple Co., which owns the Kapalua Resort on Maui. He also owns Grove Farm on Kauai, which includes agricultural land and residential developments.
Notes: Born and raised in Honolulu. Case stepped down as AOL Time Warner chairman in 2003 as the company moved toward unraveling the merger Case had championed. He has since invested in
. His family lives in former first lady
' childhood home.