When Sallie Krawcheck got bumped from her top spot at Bank of America last September, she did the logical thing: get on Twitter and start tweeting.
Twitter was certainly not part of her day before Krawcheck was forced out last September as head of BofA’s global wealth and investment management group, which included Merrill Lynch. But once she escaped the confines and compliance concerns of her work life at a big bank, Krawcheck was free to join the Twitteratti.
Since joining the advisory board of Gold Bullion International last week, Krawcheck has only ramped up her use of the social-media site. “On gold as a store of value: the gold of the pharaohs is still valuable, but their bonds aren’t worth much,” Krawcheck wrote Friday on her Twitter feed in answer to a question from writer and investment banker Christopher Whalen.
It was Krawcheck’s tenth tweet in less than 24 hours.
As a woman with a Wall Street pedigree, Krawcheck is in good company on Twitter. Women tweet 12% more than men, according to a HubSpot study on gender and Twitter use, and a growing number of women in finance and the advisor world are gaining avid Twitter followings.
So AdvisorOne lists our top five business women (including Krawcheck) who tweet about Wall Street, in reverse order of number of followers as of April 23. We also based our choices on frequency of tweets, quality of posts, professional credentials and what our gut tells us. We actively avoided anyone who is a bona fide member of the chattering class, whether in media or marketing (sorry, @Maria Bartiromo).
Don’t like who you see? Then tell us who deserves to be on the list of top women in finance who tweet.
5. Sheryl Garrett
Twitter handle: @SherylGarrett
Followers: 1,639 as of April 23, including @Vanguard_FA and Money Magazine, @MONEY
Who she follows: 1,031, including @AARP and @BillGood01
Offbeat tweet: “Saturday Night Live Calls B.S. On The All-Male Birth Control Panel – REALLY? http://bit.ly/xxTCvC
Official Twitter bio: Founder of the Garrett Planning Network, an international organization of hourly based fee-only advisors. Middle America. http://www.garrettplanningnetwork.com/
4. Sallie Krawcheck
Twitter handle: @SallieKrawcheck
Followers: 3,916 as of April 23, including independent presidential candidate Gov. Buddy Roemer, @BuddyRoemer, and MSNBC host Christopher Hayes, @chrishayes. (Note: on Friday, Krawcheck had just 3,296 followers, giving her an 18.81% boost in followers over the weekend.)
Who she follows: 96, including @NYTimeskrugman and @NancyPelosi
Offbeat tweet: Creativity, innovation peak later in life than most think; oh, thank goodness http://bit.ly/JlDrM2 (via @HarvardBiz)
Official Twitter bio: Past head of Merrill Lynch & Smith Barney….past research analyst….current mom….current crazed UNC basketball fan
3. Cathy Curtis
Twitter handle: @curtisfinancial
Followers: 5,269 as of Monday, including Asset Dedication President @Brent Burns and Millionaire Corner @MillionCorner
Who she follows: 4,949, including @SheCr8sChange and @iSharesETFs
Offbeat tweet: Wow so many things to think about for my new business cards (just ran out!) thanks all tweeps that chimed in. Amazing feedback.
Official Twitter bio: CFP®/Owner of FP firm focusing on women and money. Out of office I will be swimming, practicing pilates, hiking up hills, Sipping Pinot, and devouring books! San Francisco Bay Area. http://www.curtisfinancialplanning.com/
2. Glad M. Perez
Twitter handle: @gladperez
Followers: 11,004 as of Monday, including @FSIwashington and @HighTowerAdvisor
Who she follows: 9,919, including @MonumentWealth, Alexandria, Va.-based wealth manager affiliated with LPL Financial, and comedic actress Betty White @BettyMWhite. (Note: Sallie Krawcheck and Official AARP Tweets also follow Betty White, and now AdvisorOne does, too.)
Offbeat tweet: Charles #Manson Denied Parole, with Next Hearing Set for 2027 http://bit.ly/HBL5Gf
Official Twitter bio: Financial Advisor (LPL Financial with Insight Financial Services), Marketer, Business Owner, Real Estate Agent, Coach, International Traveler, Holistic Healer, Reiki Master, Ordained Minister, Spiritual. Basking Ridge, NJ (USA) · http://www.linkedin.com/in/gladperez
1. Gemma Godfrey
Twitter handle: @GCGodfrey
Followers: 22,085 as of Monday, including @ReidRudiger, Wall Street registered investment advisor Reid & Rudiger, and @howardlindzon, CEO/Co-Founder of Stocktwits
Who she follows: 17,474, including @cripeswatson, BBC parliamentary correspondent Sean Curran, and @WholePlanet, a nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market.
Offbeat tweet: Current market sentiment: “I used to be indecisive but now I’m not so sure!”
Official Twitter bio: Head of Investment Strategy (at Brooks Macdonald Group); CNBC Contributor; Board Member; Quantum Physicist(!); and MCC Member. London · http://www.theinvestmentinsight.wordpress.com