The Best Billionaire Tweets of 2012
Gates on Poop, Bloomberg on "Grejvvvmhhhkncb."
For our inspirational tweet of the list, we turned to the king of motivation himself. And though Tony Robbins’ self-help empire may only be worth a half-million bucks, we think his wisdom more than makes up for the missing $500 million or so. This is the author of the role modeling series How to Think Like a Billionaire, after all.
Our favorite tweet from Robbins this year isn’t something you’d see printed as a caption on a poster of a climber at the peak of Everest, but rather a reference to an article he’d read on Motley Fool. The tweet went: “10 yrs ago Greece was strong, Oil was $13 a barrel, AOL (NYSE:AOL) dominated internet, Apple stock was $7...”
It was a perspective-grasping piece that offered hope and comfort in uncertain times like these; that no matter how bad things are right now and how much we’d like to predict the future, the next ten years will likely look very different -- that is, until everything comes full circle in another 20.
Claiming ignorance has long been a tactic in Rupert Murdoch’s defense wheelhouse. You may recall his under-oath denial that he had any knowledge about The Sun tabloid’s phone-hacking activities or News Corp.’s (NASDAQ:NWS) payoff of the scandal’s victims.
To be fair, it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that the chairman and CEO of the world’s second-biggest media empire may not be in the loop about all the goings-on inside his massive conglomerate.
A bit trickier to square, however, is when said boss completely washes his hands of a besmirched property -- assuming no claim to it whatsoever -- when he owns a controlling 39.1% stake of its parent company. “I have nothing to do with Sky News” was Murdoch’s inexplicable February 7 tweet.
Of course, Minyanville couldn’t let a “Best of Billionaire Tweets” list run without a nod to this November 18 gem from Murdoch about the media’s allegedly anti-Israel positions: "’Jewish owned press’ have been sternly criticized, link to Jewish reporters. Don't see this, but apologise unreservedly.”
Sure, he’s the founder and chairman of eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), which is really great and all, but telling two of the people behind the most innovative and intrinsically essential technologies of our time how to do their job does seem just a smidge glib.
“I once told Larry and Sergey they should build something like this but I don’t think they ever did,” Pierre Omidyar tweeted in August. The invention he’d touted to the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) execs is the Double Robot -- described as an iPad (APPL) on wheels. A $2,500 Segway with a tablet for a head (tablet not included) just reeks of a slightly updated version of those robot butlers with tethered remote controls from 1986. And come on, those guys don’t come to your office and tell you how to steal an auction bid at the last second.
Thanks for all the laughs, guys, and here’s hoping to another year full of Twitter twaddle!
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