Lucky to be alive, billionaire tech guru Tom Siebel (left) recuperates in his Silicon Valley Woodside home after an elephant attack while sojourning at the world famous Serengeti Game Reserve in Tanzania a month ago. The charging elephant attacked him and his guide leaving him seriously injured.
The Siebel Systems founder speaking exclusively to Mercury News says, "It was all happening so fast. There was no place to hide, no place to run."
The elephant plowed into the guide and then turned on Siebel, breaking several ribs, goring him in the left leg and crushing the right. Siebel said they were able to radio for help only after the animal lost interest and wandered away, but it was three hours before he received any medical treatment.
Siebel sold his business to Oracle four years ago and now divides his time between his Woodside home, an office in Palo Alto and a ranch in Montana, where he raises cattle and competes in team roping events. He said he was on a photo safari in Tanzania last month when the elephant attacked without warning.