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Billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison says he and Elon Musk are 'close friends.' Here are 8 other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison says he and Elon Musk are 'close friends.' Here are 8 other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, left, and Mark Zuckerberg.
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Silicon Valley might be competitive, but it also appears to be a breeding ground for friendships among its famous execs.




Elon Musk is close friends with Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as Twitter's Jack Dorsey.




Larry Ellison gave the eulogy at Steve Jobs' funeral, and he has a love/hate relationship with Salesforce's Marc Benioff.




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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Elon Musk and Larry Ellison. Jeff Bezos and Barry Diller. What do all these high-profile pairings have in common? They're all close friendships within the world of tech. Silicon Valley may be known for its competitive spirit, but it's also fostered several years-long friendships among some of its most famous executives. Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett, for example, have been buddies for nearly 30 years. And Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff have been friends for decades, even though their respective enterprise software companies are technically rivals.Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has several close pals in tech, including friends he's defended online or taken for Tesla test drives. Here's a closer look at some of the friendships among tech CEOs.

Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey

Billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison says he and Elon Musk are 'close friends.' Here are 8 other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

Elon Musk, left, and Jack Dorsey.
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