Midmarket: Zuckerberg's Hoodie, Jobs' Turtleneck and Other Icons of Geek Style

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-05-11 Print this article Print
Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Even when meeting President Obama, Zuck still stuck to jeans, though he did ditch the hoodie and NorthFace apparel for a sport jacket and tie. Small steps, right? Photo credit: Elaine Chan and Priscilla Chan
Just because you're a brilliant, tech-savvy entrepreneur or IT worker doesn't mean you have to dress like a Wall Street executive. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook who prefers hooded sweatshirts and jeans to power suits. The media paid a lot of attention this week to a comment by Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities, who said Zuckerberg's attire showed a lack of maturity. Pachter's comments dovetailed with the Facebook road show, as Zuckerberg and his executives offered a glimpse of the company before the social network's initial public offerings. But Zuck is not the first tech entrepreneur to buck the trend of business suits for a more casual, and dare we say, iconic look. While fashion mavens may debate the runway-readiness of a hoodie, other high-tech geniuses like the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, and Bill Gates (you've heard of him, no?) have adopted their own—let's call it unique—style of dress. Let's take a look at some of the IT entrepreneurs who have made their mark, for better or for worse (sometimes way worse), on the world of CEO fashion—and one classic example of the ultimate hipster genius.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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