She was born with a double-dipped and diamond encrusted platinum spoon in her mouth, but software heiress Megan Ellison has nonetheless made a big name for herself in Hollywood as a prolific producer of artsy, critically acclaimed independent films. After her first film credit, as a boom operator in a 2005 short film written by her brother David Ellison, who has also gone one to become a film producer of some repute, she began a rocket-fueled ascent to the pinnacles of Hollywood film producer-dom. It didn’t hurt, of course, that her bazillionaire father, Larry Ellison, gave her $200 million for her 25th birthday, “with similar sums to come,” per a report in Vanity Fair.
Four of the films she’s shepherded to the silver screen through her production company Annapurna Pictures have earned Oscar nominations in the prestigious Best Motion Picture of the Year category, and in 2014, when she was just 28, she was named to Time magazine’s annual list of 100 most influential people in the world. In more recent years, Annapurna has faced numerous obstacles that saw the young producer’s astronomically rich father step in a few years ago to save the company from financial ruin. Meanwhile, Annapurna and Ellison, who went on a “mysterious self-imposed hiatus in Hawaii” from late 2019 to early 2021, has continued to finance and/or produce a slew of film and television fare that includes the quirky feature “Kajillionaire,” the TV miniseries “The Plot Against America,” and the upcoming Lady Gaga-starring biopic “House of Gucci.”
In addition to her film financing and producing activities, Ellison has a well-known penchant for buying and selling high-end real estate in some of L.A.’s most exclusive neighborhoods and zip codes. She’s previously owned an eccentric mansion in the Mount Olympus neighborhood above Laurel Canyon, she took a $2 million loss on the sale of a Hawaiian-style midcentury home in Beverly Hills a handful of years ago, and she briefly owned but never occupied a historic compound along one of the more celebrified streets in Los Feliz that she sold last year for $8.3 million.
However, for the last four or five years, she’s made her primary home in Beverly Hills, smack dab in the hoity-toity heart of the 90210, where she’s hoisted a freshly rehabbed midcentury home on the market at $12.5 million.