No one has ever accused me of possessing sartorial splendor. I admit it. But compared to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, I am a fashion maven, a dandy, a fancy boy.
GQ appears to have an equally negative view of Zuck's dismal fashion choices. The men's magazine has named him the worst-dressed man in Silicon Valley. Given that the Valley is overrun with schlubby nerds, that's quite an indictment.
Here's what GQ says about the hoodie-wearing Zuck:
Oblivious to the fact that jeans and ties come in skinny sizes—or that suits exist—the father of Facebook (and we do mean father) loves to recycle the fresh-from-Stats-class look. Zuck's style is so poor, it even inspired a mock fashion line, Mark By Mark Zuckerberg, which thankfully doesn't sell any actual clothing.
I wonder how long before Mark By Mark Zuckerberg gets a hefty round of venture financing!
Zuck wasn't the only Silicon Valley male to come under GQ's disdainful scrutiny. Fourteen others made the magazine's list of the style-challenged. I'll give you a few more below. You can check the rest over at GQ, though you'll have to endure a time-wasting slide show.
2. Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple
If you were expecting this list to be filled with indifferent Millennials, here's your first wake-up call. GQ: "The Svengali's self-inflicted uniform (black turtleneck, dad jeans, Seinfeld kicks) rival Superman's in its homogeneity—a style blunder no AutoCorrect can fix."
3. Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman
What is it with the richest guys being the worst dressers? GQ: "Rather than swag out in Armani suits, Gates takes the lazy preppy approach, opting for a drawer full of V-necks in every hue."
6. Reid Hoffman, chairman, co-founder of LinkedIn
You'd think a guy who runs a social platform for professionals would try to fake it once in awhile. Not Hoffman. GQ: "[I]t is easy to mistake him for the cable guy who shows up for appointments sometime between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m."
I'm thinking more like the refrigerator repairman who you really don't want to see bend over.
10. Ben Huh, CEO of ICanHasCheezburger.com
This one appears to be a slam-dunk, but it could be argued that Huh's, um, zany fashion choices are deliberate because he runs a zany, fun website! GQ: "We get it. Your office chair is a FUF and you sift through zany cat pics for a living, hence the whimsical kitty graphic tees and white-rimmed specs. It's cute."
Sadly, "cute" really doesn't cut it for male CEOs.
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