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The One Percent Smackdown

  1. On Monetary Milestones
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    On Monetary Milestones

    The Twitterverse was treated to one of the great smackdowns in history yesterday. In response to hip-hop artist Drake's boast that "your first million is the hardest," Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens (who we were elated to learn is a follower of @Drake) had this crippling rejoinder: "The first billion is a helluva lot harder.” Bloomberg Businessweek imagines five other face-offs, using actual quotes from business moguls and rappers ranging from George Soros to Jay-Z.

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  2. Sean Parker vs. Lil Wayne
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    Sean Parker vs. Lil Wayne

    Investor Sean Parker: “I was broke and couch-surfing just a few years ago.”
    Rapper Lil Wayne: “I gotta die with money ’cause I wasn’t born with it.”

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  3. George Soros vs. Jay-Z
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    George Soros vs. Jay-Z

    Investor George Soros: “Well, you know, I was a human being before I became a businessman.”
    Rapper Jay-Z: “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.”

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  4. Warren Buffett vs. Ice-T
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    Warren Buffett vs. Ice-T

    Investor Warren Buffett: “If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”
    Rapper Ice-T: “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

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  5. Ken Langone vs. Ice Cube
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    Ken Langone vs. Ice Cube

    Investor Ken Langone: “I am a fat cat, I’m not ashamed.”
    Rapper Ice Cube: “I’m a fat cat, lookin’ through the glass.”

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  6. Lloyd Blankfein vs. Eminem
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    Lloyd Blankfein vs. Eminem

    Investor Lloyd Blankfein: “Doing God’s work.”
    Rapper Eminem: “God sent me to piss the world off!”

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