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
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.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, presidents of Google
$35 billion (combined)
Search out evildoers and banish them to a secret data center in a fake volcano.
“You feeling lucky? Well, are you,punk?”
Jeff Bezos, chair and CEO of Amazon.com
By-the-book hero has a patented one-punch thug-apprehension system.
“Congratulations, you qualify for free shipping … to jail!”
The Feature Creep
Bill Gates, chair of Microsoft
Doggedly pursues scofflaws, slowing them to a crawl with bloatware.
“I’ll steamroll you like I did theSherman Antitrust Act!”
The Zen Torpedo
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle
This software-slinging sailor is all about CRM: Clobbering Ruthless Miscreants.
“My databases? Unbreakable. Your bones? Not.”
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
Scans malefactors’ oversharing wall posts for details of fiendish plots.
“Status update: Your jaw is now in a relationship with my fist!”