And the Most Hated Billionaire in the Philippines Is...
Mention the word billionaire and what do you feel? Anger? Pride? Resentment? Inspired? For many people, billionaires represent the pinnacle of success and security, but for others, they’re exactly what’s wrong with the world. They might be paragons of innovation and tenacity to some, but they can also be symbols of excess and avarice.
According to various sources, the world’s billionaires—about 2,750 of them or just 0.000035% of the world’s population—control 3.5 percent of the world’s wealth or about $12.7 trillion. Meanwhile, the poorest 50 percent of humanity control just two percent.
While “billionaires” as a collective might generally inspire feelings of bitterness and a desire to redistribute their wealth, when you start identifying them individually, people apparently have varying emotions.
The people at Businessfinancing.co.uk conducted a study to find which of the world’s billionaires people across the globe actually admire, and which ones most people despise. They did this by collecting geotagged tweets that mention billionaire businessmen and entrepreneurs (no athletes or entertainers), sorting them by location, and using an AI program to determine what percentage of tweets was positive or negative.
The list of billionaires include Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Rupert Murdoch, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Steve Ballmer, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Cuban, Sheryl Sandberg, Donald Trump, and Richard Branson.
Based on this study, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the billionaire loved in the most countries (37), although he is hated in three other countries. Meanwhile, the most hated is former U.S. President Donald Trump, who is despised in 84 countries.
That goes for the Philippines, too. With about 45.85 percent of tweets about him negative, Trump has the dubious honor of being the most-hated billionaire here in the country.
On the flipside, Virgin founder Richard Branson is, apparently, the billionaire most loved by Filipinos, with about 38.36 percent of tweets about him favorable.
Interestingly, the billionaire most loved in the U.S. is Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk. Unsurprisingly, Trump is Americans’ overwhelming pick for most hated, taking the top spot in 43 states.
Businessfinanciang.co.uk said the data was collected in May 2022.