Today Fortune Magazine opted to run a feature profile of budding LexCorp CEO, Lex Luthor Jr. The article provides some background insight into young Luthor and his rise to take the reigns of his fathers petrochemical empire.
The profile pays heavy praise to Luthor, who just so happened to be Fortune Magazine’s Businessperson of the Year and one of their 50 Greatest World Leaders. According to the article, “Alexander Joseph Luthor Jr. is a 31-year-old wunderkind who transformed an aging petrochemical and heavy machinery dinosaur into a tech darling of the Fortune 500 in what some call a superhuman feat.
This jeans-wearing genius is equally at ease rappelling the climbing wall in his employee “inspiration station” and coding in “the crucible”: the cutting-edge R & D lab where the baby-faced billionaire verbally extemporizes computer code like Miles Davis improvising a trumpet solo.”
According to Fortune’s profile, LexCorp has grown to be the second largest corporation in the world, second only to Bruce Wayne’s, Wayne Enterprises, but as Fortune suggest, “Partly, the success of this young company comes from Luthor’s willingness to go where Wayne fears to tread. Wayne Enterprises has shied away from military contracts in the last decade.”
While Fortune sings praise to the young tech-wizard, many are skeptical of Luthor, which is partly driven by his cold and calculating appearance and sometimes off color remarks. In reference to his father’s building of the company, Luthor coldly explains, “Dad named the company after himself ten years before I made my unexpected entrance into his life. But investors seemed to respond to the idea of an adoring father building a legacy for his precious son. He used that to his advantage. It was a good shtick and, whatever else he was, he was a good businessman.”
In regard to his willingness to accept military contracts, Luthor tells Fortune that, “It’s a necessity. We live in the most dangerous point of time in all of human history. Statistically speaking, it’s a near certainty that another world-changing crisis is hurtling toward us like a speeding bullet. We have to be ready to defend ourselves. No civilization was ever conquered by having a strong military.”
Luthor is vaguely referring to the alien events in Metropolis which nearly leveled the city and cost thousands of people their lives. The so called “Superman” is still awaiting trial, but many suspect him to be innocent of any wrong doing despite the grand scale collateral damage.
In the end, it’s hard for us to place a gauge on Luthor, but many people are beginning to rally behind him as though he is the worlds lone protector. Only time will tell if Luthor truly is the wonder kid that he’s made out to be by the people over at Fortune or if he’s purely a pretender to a throne built upon the fear of the many.
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