The Top 10 Moguls You Should be Following
4:10 pm, April 28th | by
… On Twitter, that is. While often a minefield of self-promotion, petty virtual fights and
strangely personal information relayed to the public, Twitter is also a good place to keep up with your favorite moguls (or least favorite moguls, as the case may be). We’ve come up with our own (highly subjective) leaderboard of the most interesting, follow-worthy moguls on Twitter. And we even contained ourselves long enough to leave the Steve Ballmer parody Twitter account off the list. Self-restraint is important.
Mark Cuban (@mcuban) -- Know to live-blog episodes of "Shark Tank" (on which he is a starring "Shark"), with gems like Cuban's Twitter page is actually far more subdued than his outsized public persona -- although he does share more than a few "Cubanisms" daily. And some unusual investment opportunities, to boot.
Richard Branson (@richardbranson) -- It's like his over-the-top, filthy-rich-but-only-kind-of-irritating self got condensed into one succinct feed. "My other ride's a spaceship. No really," kind of says it all, doesn't it?
Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) -- Yes, like her mogul cohorts, Donald Lite is known to plug and shill for her business holdings through Twitter. That being said, she also offers
the occasional fun, insider details that keep us coming back.
Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) -- The Google Executive Chairman's tweets are more mild-mannered tidbits of his company's behind-the-scenes goings on than over-the-top would-be proverbs of his cohorts on this list. Of course there are one or two instances of frustratingly vague, Google-related teasers, but we'll let it slide.
Jack Welch (@jack_welch) -- The real-life business idol to "30 Rock's" fictional Jack Donaghy, Welch's twitter feed lives up to the standards of an ultra-conservative Bostonite, with persistent pro-Bruins, pro-Celtics propaganda, along with
frequent takedowns of key Democratic figures. @jack_welch is best enjoyed by conservatives, preferably over a glass of scotch with "Saturday Night Live" playing in the background.
P. Diddy (@iamdiddy) -- Tweets like "I'm up and I'm alive! Thank God!" might seem a little off-putting -- but in the context of Diddy's nearly all-exclamation-pointed tweets, it doesn't seem all that strange. When he asked "what's the score of the Knicks game" a few days ago, we hope it was just a rhetorical question.
Bill Gates (@BillGates) -- Very few Twitter members had
MSNBC coverage when they joined the site -- but it was news when Bill Gates did. While tweets like "Finishing my 3rd annual letter. Writing on health, ending polio, agriculture and education," might make you feel woefully unaccomplished, he's still worth following.
Michael Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) -- Yes, its entirety is likely written by press flacks. Yes there's lots of political PR. But with tweets
proclaiming his love of "Glee" and celebrating his mom's 102nd Passover, the adorableness warmed our hearts.
Russell Simmons -- "If a dog barks @ the moon normal, if the moon barks back" -- this is one of the many supposedly high-minded brain teasers Simmons offers up on his twitter page. When he's not presenting tricky analogies, he'll often offer quotes from Maharishi and Krishna. It's awfully high-minded stuff for a guy who just released a book called "Super Rich."
Steve Case (@SteveCase) -- The AOL co-founder serves up a mix of behind-the-scenes details and extremely optimistic advice for entrepreneurs and startups. Oh, and a Steven Tyler quote thrown into the mix.