The entrepreneurial experience necessary to build a ten-figure fortune make billionaires a fount of business knowledge. Some of the richest people in the world have taken to Twitter to share advice, reading material and inspire others with their philanthropic endeavors. We have collected 50 of the world’s 1,645 billionaires to follow on Twitter.
Bill Gates (@BillGates), the world’s richest man, uses Twitter to educate his 15 million followers on global poverty statistics and inspire with innovative solutions. Follow him for retweetable infographics and news from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Of course, not all billionaire Twitters are as controlled. One of the most prolific billionaire tweeters, Donald Trump’s (@realDonaldTrump) recent online antics have included tweeting angrily over a BuzzFeed profile portraying his political ambitions as pure bunk and starting a Twitter fight with Hip-Hop Cash King Mac Miller. View this video to see more of Trump’s irate tweets.
News Corp's outspoken head, Rupert Murdoch, (@rupertmurdoch) is similarly unreserved on Twitter. Follow him for his unfiltered observations of current events. A recent tweet: ”Looking to punish Putin? Easy! Freeze or impound all cash and assets of oligarchs in US, UK, and reachable tax havens.”
Others use Twitter to break news. Wall Street’s richest investor, Carl Icahn, (@Carl_C_Icahn) took to Twitter in August 2013 to announce that he had acquired a large stake in Apple, revealing in January 2014 that he had upped that amount. Icahn also keeps an aggressive follower/following ratio – with 154,000 followers, Icahn subscribers to updates from just 97 people. Among the select few: Forbes’ Brian Solomon, Steve Bertoni and Nathan Vardi.
Unsurprisingly, some billionaires on Twitter follow each others. Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk’s (@elonmusk) fortune has more than tripled in the past year. He clocks in at 563,000 followers; fellow billionaire Richard Branson (@richardbranson) is one of the 35 Twitter he users he subscribes to.
Naturally, Twitter’s billionaire cofounders Ev Williams (@ev) and Jack Dorsey (@jack) are frequent users of the platform they started. Though he still sits on the board at Twitter, Williams now focuses his efforts on blogging platform Medium, which raised $25 million from investors including Google Ventures and Ron Conway in Jan. 2014. Williams regularly tweets Medium articles and pictures to more than 1 million followers. Dorsey tweets news, as well as his notorious Vine videos, to 2.5 million followers.
Some billionaires have yet to embrace Twitter as fully. Though Oracle founder Larry Ellison (@larryellison) has tweeted just once, he has already earned 48,000 followers – one follower for each million dollars of Ellison’s $48 billion fortune. The world’s second-richest man, Carlos Slim Helu (@carlosslim), have yet to tweet at all. Worth $72 billion, he’s got 250,000 followers.
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