Bond Girl: Brains Are Sexier Than Kardashians on Twitter

Halle Berry in "Die Another Day," 2002. Photograph by MGM/Everett Collection

Halle Berry in “Die Another Day,” 2002. Photograph by MGM/Everett Collection

So you’ve noticed. Twitter is smaaaaaaaart.

It started out as an urgent catalog of your friends’ epiphanies (I’m in love!), troubles (I’m in love!) and crises (I’m in love?). Now it includes the brainy (Piketty forgets what Hayek said about prices) and the brilliant (I do not. –TP).

Freeland, Roubini, McArdle, NASA, Darpa — eggheads on Twitter are sexy.

But this!

Twitter’s ‘Bond Girl’ Reveals Herself as Kentucky Official

This is proof that brains beat dross on Twitter, at least to people who care about brains. Bloomberg’s Michelle Kaske and Brian Chappatta this week tell the story of Bond Girl, whose 8,400 followers have enjoyed her sometimes “tart-tongued” tweets about state and city borrowing since April 2011. Now she has come out as Kristi Culpepper, head of the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission.

You have to understand the impact on her peeps. For a self-identifying “bond geek” like investment manager Hector Negroni, this is Batman, Boy Wonder, Catwoman, the editors of zerohedge and the god of Bitcoin revealing themselves all at once. Culpepper is “fascinating, well-informed and entertaining,” Negroni tells Kaske and Chappatta, dreamily.


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Justin Bieber, I defy you to compete with the head of the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission. Regaling thousands of people with wry observations on municipal finance — this is no small feat. Two of the funniest people alive, Lena Dunham and Chris Rock, haven’t dared try. To be tart-tongued about the Red Carpet show is one thing. But to riff tartly on a tranche of Metcalfe County 4.65′s, Cusip 591459FZ0? That’s something else again.

Culpepper “is regarded as an authority on capital projects and debt by the Legislative body,” the Kentucky Education Department said in November, announcing her appointment.

An authority on capital projects and debt. By the Legislative body.

Uh-oh. I’m with Hector Negroni. I’m in love!

Justin Bieber now has 7.1 billion followers, slightly exceeding the earth’s human population and including a number of dolphins, elephants and crows. That dwarfs Culpepper’s crowd. But when you subtract the number of people who aren’t paying full attention to Justin Bieber and then subtract the crows, who are too clever to care, Culpepper comes out ahead by three followers. A municipal-bond investor, a banker and an analyst.

Bond Girl, you’ll recall, is regarded as an authority on capital projects and debt by the Legislative body. She may not star in “Keeping Up With the Head of the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission.” But I love that 8,400 smart people appreciate a good general obligation bond.

In the end, she dropped the mask. Her 24,000 tweets began to vanish.

Why’d she do it?

“I felt like it,” she said.

That’s Culpepper. Kristi Culpepper.


Write to Peter Jeffrey at pjeffrey@bloomberg.net

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