Former Starbucks CEO really hates being called a ‘billionaire’
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is most associated with coffee, but it seems he also strongly enjoys the “groan.”
Not only was Schultz unhappy at being called a union buster, but the man whose personal fortune is estimated at $4.3 billion also took umbrage at being called a “billionaire.”
“That nickname, ‘billionaire’ ― let’s go, okay?” he said. “I grew up in federally subsidized housing. My parents never owned a house. I started from nothing… Yes, I have billions of dollars. I earned it, nobody gave it to me.
“That’s your nickname, constantly,” Schultz continued, addressing Sanders. “It is unfair.”
Schultz’s displeasure with the B-word is not new.
During a brief period in 2019, when he considered running for president, Schultz tried to trick people into using his favorite terms for the wealthy: “rich people” and “well-off people.”
Spoiler alert: it didn’t work.
As you probably predicted, the Twitter spirit fried Schultz’s defensive testimony.
But one tweet may have summed up the general mood quite succinctly.