The 13 best business quotes of 2014



Tesla's Elon Musk
From the General Motors recalls to the Sony hacks to the stunning string of multi-billion dollar tech acquisitions this year, some of the biggest stories of 2014 were from the business world.
Playing starring roles in such stories, CEOs and other captains of industry often offered their own idiosyncratic commentaries on the events. Unencumbered by the restraints of mere mortals and possessing mammoth egos, such businesspeople's loose lips often give publicists agita. At other times, they speak quite eloquently. Here's a roundup of some of the most noteworthy musings to emanate from the business world in 2014:

1. Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler

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The FCC chairman was responding to a segment on HBO's Last Week Tonight in which John Oliver, noting Wheeler's past career as a lobbyist, likened him to a dingo hired as a babysitter.

2. Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre

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The full quote, "The first billionaire in hip-hop right here from the motherf*cking West Coast," appeared in a YouTube video that emerged shortly after a report came out stating that Apple planned to buy Beats for $3 billion. Since Apple took a few weeks to actually make the announcement, there was speculation that Dre's seeming confirmation in the video didn't go over well with Apple execs.

3. John Legere

John Legere

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Legere is known for being outspoken, but he outdid himself with this quote about the other major carriers at a June press event. He later apologized for the remark.

4. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

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Kardashian revealed at Re/code's Mobile Conference in October that she stockpiles BlackBerrys and likes them better than iPhones. Who knew?

5. Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel

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Snapchat's founder and CEO made this remark after turning down a $3 billion-plus buyout offer from Facebook.

6. Elon Musk

Elon Musk

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Musk's Oct. 1 tweet about the upcoming Model D caused much tittering on Twitter.

7. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook's CEO and founder on the company's evolving culture.

8. Jan Koum

Jan Koum

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The WhatsApp's cofounder and CEO's focus paid off big time in 2014.

9. Tim Cook

Tim Cook

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Apple's CEO publicly declared his sexual orientation in October.

10. Jack Ma

Jack Ma

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Alibaba's CEO revealed his muse on the day that his company went public.

11. Barry Diller

Barry Diller

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Diller's comment came after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a startup offering broadcast TV via the Internet, was performing an illegal operation. Diller was an Aereo backer.

12. Mary Barra

Mary Barra

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The new CEO of General Motors was grilled before Congress a couple of times over recalls related to an ignition glitch that has been linked to more than 13 deaths.

13. Unnamed Sony Pictures exec

Adam Sandler

IMAGE: PAUL A. HEBERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
This was one embarrassing comment among many that was leaked in December's massive hack of Sony Pictures' emails.




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