Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg edged out Apple's Steve Jobs and a pack of equally worthy candidates to become GQ magazine's 'Worst-dressed Man of Silicon Valley.'
Zuckerberg's collegiate-style wardrobe, which includes over-sized hoodies, Adidas sandals, t-shirts and jeans was less then impressive to the powers that be at GQ in selecting the worst-dressed men technology has to offer.
GQ said, Zuckerberg was "oblivious to the fact that jeans and ties come in skinny sizes—or that suits exist—the father of Facebook 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."
While his personal style may not be earning him kudos' from GQ, Zuckerberg could use a little of his personal wealth, recently estimated to be worth over $18 billion, and upgrade his wardrobe if he chooses to remove himself from the list of worst-dressed men.
The fashion sense of co-founder and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, could also use a style boost, according to GQ, who said "the Svengali's self-inflicted uniform (black turtleneck, dad jeans, Seinfeld kicks) rival Superman's in its homogeneity—a style blunder no Auto-Correct can fix."
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates gave his last keynote address at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show
Rounding out the top three was Bill Gates, co-founder and CEO of Microsoft, who GQ likened to a grown-up Harry Potter. GQ said, "When you're Scrooge McDuck rich, a snazzy ensemble isn't tops on your to-do. Rather than swag out in Armani suits, Gates takes the lazy preppy approach, opting for a drawer full of V-necks in every hue."
Other executives chosen for the tongue-in-cheek honor bestowed by GQ included Craig Newmark, founder of Craig's List, who "dresses like a guy who stalks Craigslist," Howard Stringer, Chairman, President and CEO of Sony Corp., whose fishermen look was over-the-top on GQ's fashion radar, Tom Anderson, co-founder of MySpace, another fan of the kicked-back college student look, Dennis Crowley, CEO and co-founder of Foursquare and Dodgeball, and Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Chairman of LinkedIn; Investor in Digg and Flickr who GQ said dresses like the cable repair guy.
The ease with which GQ managed to locate and single-out fifteen tech-execs whose images could use a transformation proves that money can't buy you style if fashion isn't a priority. According to HuffPo, the fifteen worst offender's "are probably laughing all the way to the bank' at the GQ honor.