Readers cheer (and jeer) the top 0.00001% getting richer—much richer.
Decades after their social-network idea was allegedly poached by Mark Zuckerberg, identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, cover stars of our April/May issue, have finally become billionaires on their own terms. The cryptocurrency savants are getting rich(er) off early investments in Bitcoin and through Nifty Gateway, their digital-art auction platform that is riding the recent mania for nonfungible tokens. Some readers remain unimpressed with the “Winklevii,” former Olympic rowers and Harvard grads whose lives have not exactly been Dickensian. “Finally! I have been worried sick for years,” wrote Josh Kaplan on Facebook. “What if they spent their whole life with only $900 million like a bunch of peasants!” Similar snark: “They were born rich and then they invested,” tweeted @karengeier. “Wow, incredible story.” Others noted that regardless of one’s privileges, attaining dual ten-figure fortunes is still a feat. Observed Charlos Sanchez on LinkedIn: “As much as there is an intrinsic feeling to dislike billionaires, you can’t help but admire these two brothers for their entrepreneurial zeal.”