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The Best Billionaire Tweets of 2012


Gates on Poop, Bloomberg on "Grejvvvmhhhkncb."

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Technically speaking, they are constricted to just 140 characters, but if social media has taught us anything during its still-nascent history, it's that a tweet is truly worth a thousand words. And when it comes to the microblog accounts of the super wealthy, those individual units of language can even translate into the value that really counts: the dollar. From the clever to the clarion to the crass, Minyanville has the definitive list of the best billionaire tweets that -- for better or worse -- will forever linger throughout our Twittersphere.

T. Boone Pickens

Lest you think an octogenarian oil magnate doesn't have what it takes to battle in the cutthroat, one-upmanship culture that is gangsta rap, grab some wood, because you're about to get schooled -- really old-schooled.

In what Gizmodo called "the most magical event in Twitter history," 84-year-old T. Boone Pickens opened up one glitzy can of bling-brag on a hip-hop star three and a half times his junior. Back in May, Canadian artist Drake took to his @Drizzy handle to flex some of his moneyed muscle at his legion of nearly ten million followers and tweeted, "The first million is the hardest."

But in a sea of sycophantic retweets, there was one lone blue bird sighing a song of condescension: "The first billion is a helluva lot harder." And though T. Boone had the characters to spare, he was big enough to leave out the "Aww snap!" hashtag. Now that's cred.

Donald Trump

To most, penning a string of hate-ridden, delusional, and paranoid tweets may point to a psychological breakdown, a walking fever dream, or even a demonic possession. But for Donald Trump, it's sadly just an average Tuesday night.

The bat-guano crazy NBC (NASDAQ:CMCSA) reality star, beauty pageant sponsor, and occasional real estate investor showed his true fangs once again via Twitter on the night of November 6 regarding the legitimacy of a second Barack Obama presidency.

"He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!" was immediately followed by "The phoney electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one [sic]!" and "Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us [sic]."

Though The Donald was graced with a rare moment of lucidity when he deleted the ad homonym diatribe, his property had already been seized by sites like Mashable and Politico and will forever remain open to the public.

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