10 CEOs You Should Be Following on Twitter
You’re on Twitter. Cool. You come across new CEOs, big wigs, and entrepreneurs every day and wonder whose accounts you should be following and whose are not worth your time.
Well, we made a list of 10 CEOs and ex-CEOs you should be following on Twitter. To compile this list, we have not used Klout Score or number of followers, rather we went for quality of CEOs’ tweets. They are listed in no specific order.
1. Richard Branson, Virgin
Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies, from gyms, gambling houses and bridal boutiques to fleets of planes, trains, and limousines. One of Britain’s most high-profile billionaires, Richard bootstrapped his way from record-shop owner to head of the Virgin empire. He’s ballooned across the Atlantic, floated down the Thames with the Sex Pistols, and been knighted by the Queen. The man even owns his own island. And now Richard Branson is moving onward and upward into space tourism.
2. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn
Jeff Weiner is CEO of social networking giant LinkedIn. In 5 years of running the company, Jeff has inspired his team, the industry, and Wall Street, and he has helped build LinkedIn into a $US25 billion powerhouse. Jeff tops a new list of chief executives in a survey. He was given a 100 percent approval rating based on feedback from his employees.
3. Eric Schmidt, Google
Eric E. Schmidt is an American software engineer, businessman, and the executive chairman of Google. He is also a founding partner at Innovation Endeavors and the founder of Tomorrow Ventures. In 2001, he joined Google and held the position of chief executive officer until 2011, overseeing its technical and business strategy. He served on various other boards in academia and industry, such as the boards of trustees for both Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University.
4. Marc Benioff, Salesforce
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. One of the pioneers of cloud computing, Benioff founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand, information management service to replace traditional enterprise software technology. Under his leadership, salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into the fastest growing top ten software company in the world and the largest customer relationship management (CRM) company. Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and pioneering innovation. He has been named a Businessperson of the Year by Fortune, one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, and he received The Economist’s Innovation Award.
5. Jack Dorsey, Square
Jack Dorsey is the creator, co-founder, and Chairman of Twitter and co-founder & CEO of Square. Jack was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and was named an “outstanding innovator under the age of 35” by MIT’s Technology Review.
6. Elon Musk, Space X and Tesla
Tesla and SpaceX are some of the most innovative companies today, making huge strides in the electric car and commercial spaceflight industries. At the helm of both companies is CEO Elon Musk, the South African-born self-made billionaire. Musk has often been compared to the Tony Stark character as portrayed in the “Iron Man” movies.
7. Steve Forbes, Forbes
Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. In 1996, Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com. Now averaging 18 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors.
8. Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group
Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra group, is an outstanding example of what a businessman should be – patient, generous, ethical, innovative and inclusive. His strong business acumen and global dreams have led the Mahindra Group overcome various obstacles to create tremendous wealth and value.
He is included by Fortune Magazine among the ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ and featured in the magazine’s 2011 listing of Asia’s 25 most powerful business people. Anand has also been noted by Forbes (India) as their ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for 2013.
9. Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O’Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on Web Performance and Operations, and many others.
10. Brian Halligan, Hubspot
Brian Halligan is co-founder and CEO of HubSpot, an Internet marketing company. He is the author of Marketing Lessons From the Grateful Dead andInbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs, which is in its seventh printing, has sold 40,000 copies. Brian was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011. He is also an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT and one of Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Rated CEOs in 2014.
11. Pete Cashmore, Mashable
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, the leading source of news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Pete was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012. He has featured on Forbes 30 under 30 lists, named one of Ad Age’s 2011 influencers, and was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum.
12. Aaron Levie, Box
Aaron Levie is Cofounder and CEO of Box, an enterprise cloud company. Box Cofounders Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith were among the top five finalists in Business Week’s “Best Entrepreneurs 25 and Under” rankings for 2009. In 2009, Box was nominated “Best Enterprise Start-up” Crunchie In 2010 and was listed as one of the “Hottest Silicon Valley Companies” by Lead411.