The Best Billionaire Tweets of 2012
Gates on Poop, Bloomberg on "Grejvvvmhhhkncb."
The outspoken billionaire businessman and three-term mayor of New York City doesn’t mince words when it comes to an issue for which he cares deeply -- be it gun control, climate change, or the soft drink-begotten obesity epidemic.
But on a Saturday afternoon this past October, Michael Bloomberg took stock in what really matters and gave perhaps his most impassioned argument to date in a tweet to his constituents. It went, and I quote: “Uh egrejvvvmhhhkncb vvuk jhugjvklyju hgi@yj Ji June v.”
Oh, the field day social media had with that one. The butt-dial was retweeted over 500 times and earned replies like “Our mayor is finally starting to make sense” and “Sounds made while drowning in a Big Gulp?”
Once Bloomberg noticed he was trending on Twitter, he realized the gaffe and followed it up with a simple “Oops, that last tweet was a pocket tweet.”
But in fairness to Hizzonor, we did include a thoughtful, yet far less funny honorable mention tweet that summed up the city’s response to one its worst-ever natural disasters. After Superstorm Sandy pummeled the island and surrounding boroughs, he wrote, “Please join me in saying THANK YOU to the thousands of city employees working around the clock to get NYC back up and running. Please RT.”
And retweet they did -- 23,686 times.
You may not expect to hear potty talk coming from one of the richest human beings on Earth. So when we read, “4 out of 10 people don’t have a safe way to poop -- that’s 2.6 billion!” from the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) founder’s Twitter account, we realized, hey, billionaires are just like us, too.
As it turns out, the porcelain god is at the center of an enormous health crisis -- specifically a lack of proper sanitation and sewer facilities to make it a logistical and safe waste option for 40% of the world’s population. Thanks to awareness and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a team of scientists is working on a solar-powered toilet that will be able to generate its own energy and water -- and on the cheap.
While it’s true that we at Minyanville may fall back on the base and sophomoric from time to time, we’d also like to throw a bone to our readers who don’t get the same thrill from scatological jokes. So here’s our runner-up tweet from Bill Gates: “@Melindagates and I have the honor and the responsibility to return to society the resources we have received.”
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