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The Geek Justice League – Wired magazine

Imagining the superpowers and technologies that real-life billionaires would have, if we lived in a comic book world. Tony Stark, eat your heart out! A very fun piece to write, as I was (and still am) a huge comic book reader. Bonus: I got to design the costumes that the billionaires wear!

From the May 2010 issue of Wired. Also available on Wired.com

Geek Justice League: Caped Crusader Billionaires We’d Like to See
By Mike Senese | April 19, 2010 | 12:00 pm | Wired May 2010

Illustration: Daniel KrallIllustration: Daniel Krall 

America’s Cup racing, angel investing, philanthropy — tech billionaires pursue such boring hobbies. Why can’t they be like Tony Stark, who uses his vast fortune (estimated at $7.9 billion) and tech know-how to become the superpowered do-gooder Iron Man? Here are a few caped crusaders we’d like to see our favorite rich nerds transform into.

The G-Men
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, presidents of Google
Net worth:
$35 billion (combined)
By night:
Search out evildoers and banish them to a secret data center in a fake volcano.
Catchphrase:
“You feeling lucky? Well, are you,punk?”

The Kindler
Jeff Bezos, chair and CEO of Amazon.com
Net worth:
$12.3 billion
By night:
By-the-book hero has a patented one-punch thug-apprehension system.
Catchphrase:
“Congratulations, you qualify for free shipping … to jail!”

The Feature Creep
Bill Gates, chair of Microsoft
Net worth:
$53 billion
By night:
Doggedly pursues scofflaws, slowing them to a crawl with bloatware.
Catchphrase:
“I’ll steamroll you like I did theSherman Antitrust Act!”

The Zen Torpedo
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
Net worth:
$28 billion
By night:
This software-slinging sailor is all about CRM: Clobbering Ruthless Miscreants.
Catchphrase:
“My databases? Unbreakable. Your bones? Not.”

The Superpoke
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
Net worth:
$4 billion
By night:
Scans malefactors’ oversharing wall posts for details of fiendish plots.
Catchphrase:
“Status update: Your jaw is now in a relationship with my fist!”

 

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