CNBC’s Ego Trip: Big Bird, Zuckerberg or Whitman?
Each week CNBC polls its Facebook fans asking who it thinks in the political and business world is in possession of the ego that took the biggest trip, good or bad, over the past 7 days.
This week’s winner, with 54 percent of the votes, is Big Bird.
How did a lovable character from "Sesame Street" manage to claim the coveted biggest ego crown?
After Republican candidate Mitt Romney told viewers of the presidential debatethat he would end federal Public Broadcasting Service funding, feathers flew. Facebook fan Paul Marcely told others not to worry, though: “Bird makes money, he/she can pay for himself/herself now.” (Read More: Romney Scores in Debate but Will It Be Enough?)
In second place was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The sweatshirt-wearing 28-year-old said the popular social networking site now has more than one billion people logging in each month.
Zuckerberg took to his Facebook page, ironically, and wrote it was “a moment to honor the people we serve.”
Also, for the first time in the site’s history, it made a brand video. This was enough for 26 percent of fans to vote for Zuckerberg’s ego. (Read More: Will Facebook's New Focus on Revenue Boost Its Stock? )
With a respectable 20 percent of votes, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman rounded out the list.
The tech company earlier this week warned investors about lower earnings ahead, citing cyclical and secular problems. After delivering a disappointing forecast, HP's stock plunged 13 percent, shoving the company's shares to their lowest level in nearly a decade. Facebook fan Dawn Armstrong Diley added, “Condolences to HP.” (Read More: H-P Woes Are 'All Very Fixable,' CEO Whitman tells CNBC.)
Many commenters were unsure which candidate to vote for in this week’s poll leading Nayoko Wicaksono Kho to crown “Meg-zucking Bird” the winner. Your comment is on the record, Nayoko.
—By CNBC's Eli Langer