Just because only 7% of the FTSE 100 CEOs are active Twitter users doesn’t mean there are no social CEOs on there already. Richard Brooks – a social CEO himself – lists the ones you should be following

1. Richard Brooks – @RichardMBrooks

This is my Twitter account! I write about economics, the language industry (which is the biggest industry you’ve never heard of) and what it’s like to run a dynamic SME in the UK at the moment.

Everyone on this list has inspired me in one way or another and I think it’s a great starting point if you’re new to Twitter and are unsure about the value participating in this social network will give you. To make it easier I’ve added them all to a Twitter list.

2. Sacha Romanovitch – @romanovsun

Sacha Romanovitch is the CEO of the leading independent accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton UK. In her own words Sacha is a ‘mother, wife, friend, business leader and CEO’. It’s very hard not to get inspired reading her feed.

3. Sir Richard Branson – @RichardBranson

Instantly recognisable Richard Branson is the CEO of Virgin Group. He tweets about his life running 200 Virgin companies worldwide, showing what a day in his life is like.

4. Helena Morrissey – @MorrisseyHelena

Helena Morrissey is founder the 30% Club and one of the most respected women in the City of London. Reading her feed gives you an insight into her busy schedule and campaign for gender equality.

5. Jack Dorsey – @jack

Not only does Jack Dorsey have the coolest Twitter username in the world, but he is also the co-founder of Twitter. Not surprisingly he uses it a lot.

6. Elon Musk – @elonmusk

Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX. His feed gives you a direct view into a guy who will no doubt change the world.

7. Xavier Rolet – @xrolet

Xavier Rolet is the CEO of London Stock Exchange Group. He regularly tweets on IPOs, the world of finance and the economy. If you are in this vertical you must follow him.

8. Bill Gates – @BillGates

Ex-CEO and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates invested billions of dollars in to the William H. Gates Foundation which is dedicated to supporting education, world health, and investment in low-income communities.

9. Simon Segars – @simonsegars

Simon Segars is the CEO of ARM (and on several other technology companies boards). His company is one of the UK’s recent success stories and have valuable insights into the current business trends in Silicon Valley.

10. Carl Icahn – @Carl_C_Icahn

Carl Icahn is an activist investor. He’s also active on Twitter. Whatever he tweets about moves share prices.

11. Oprah Winfrey – @Oprah

Oprah Winfrey is a very talented businesswoman and her Twitter feed is a great example of interactions between her and her followers.

12. Guy Kawasaki – @GuyKawasaki

I’ve followed this guy since I saw him present about how to market yourself on Twitter back in 2010. His feed is a great example of an entrepreneurial CEO using his influence to promote his own business.

13. Tim Cook – @tim_cook

The Apple CEO doesn’t tweet much. When he does you get an insight into what it’s like running the largest company in the world.

14. Jack Welch – @jack_welch

We’ve all read his books, now you can read his tweets. Jack is technically a former CEO and he still writes about politics, business and management insights (and a lot of American Football).

15. Anand Mahindra – @anandmahindra

One of the most powerful men in India he gives valuable insight into what doing business in the emerging markets is like.

16. Hamad Buamim – @HamadBuamim

Management and economic information from the Middle East. Hamad Buamim is the CEO & President of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

17. Harper Reed – @harper

Easily one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met, he tweets all the time and he will make you laugh. He sold his mobile payment company, Modest, to PayPal last year. Stay tuned for his next adventure. You can also read his thoughts on innovation here on Strategies for growth.

About the author

Richard Brooks is CEO of UK-based K International ltd, a company specialising in language translation services. He’s also an alumni from Cranfield School of Management, a board member of the Association of Language Companies and a popular speaker.