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19, 2020

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Billionaires – they're just like us. That statement couldn't be further from the truth in most situations, but when it comes to the unpredictability and stress of 2020, even the richest among us struggle. And the most stressed out billionaire of all? Bill Gates.

Even if we consider ourselves empathetic, determining someone else's stress level might feel like an impossible task. Well there is actually a way to do it. Talent innovation company SHL used a tool developed by Mike Thelwall, professor of IT at Wolverhampton University, to rate prominent executives how “stressed” their recent tweets were.

The tool called TensiStrength is used to estimate stress levels in tweets by analyzing them on a scale from -1 (no stress) to -5 (very much stressed) based on the classification of words related to stress, frustration , Fear, anger and negativity. Subsequently, company executives (selected for the frequency with which they appear in the news and on social media) were ranked based on the proportion of tweets they posted between January 1 and June 30 that were “slightly stressed” "Or higher (-2 to) -5 on the TensiStrength scale).

Bill Gates tops the list, with the tool determining 20 percent of his tweets this year could be rated as less stressed or higher. With 19.3 percent, Oprah Winfrey is close behind him. Here are the other guides who made the top 10.

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With tremendous pressure on giant tech companies to grow despite a global health crisis, it's no surprise that Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Marc Benioff of Salesforce top the list.

A CEO who definitely didn't make the top 10? Elon Musk, who came 19th among the business leaders examined. Despite being a prolific tweeter, only 5.2 percent of Musk's posts are considered low-stressed or higher.

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