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“The story could have been added in great haste”: Book of clues: the beginning of Morgan Stanley's faulty family tree. Picture: Archstone Books


It’s a good thing tomorrow is February 14. And a huge relief for all of the people who were a bit worried about Morgan Stanley’s chart of the family tree of its billionaire co-founder Stephen “Gordo” Schwartzman.

That’s when Warren Buffett and his “Buffet Rule” plan was unveiled (and many thanks to Adrian Monaghan for pointing this out) and while internet pranksters certainly had a field day with it yesterday, it ended up sending many Twitter users into an even bigger tizzy.

And so let’s recap what happened:

First, Morgan Stanley put its Richter Society into four sections.

And then, because it’s a family tree and, of course, it was at a loss to what to put in the fourth section “Sex of the Rich” – a pretty good guess – it decided to include all four sections with regard to Dick Grasso, the former New York Stock Exchange chief and the subject of a long-running lawsuit against Wall Street.

For some reason, the section of Gordo’s skewered by Twitter was titled “”He’s sexier than a woodpecker””.

Something definitely wrong here, but as we’ve seen with the silly things on Twitter and Facebook before – such as the Nelly “Stefuzy” O’Reilly saga – almost everyone got it wrong. Well, everyone but the columnist Matthew Norman who, in fact, got it pretty spot on. — Matthew Norman () February 14, 2020

And there were others who got it the wrong way round.

People mistaking the kind-of-skewered section on Buffalo for the Skewered section on Buffalo. — Zac Hardin () February 14, 2020

What’s up next?

Our bankers are doing a number on the Bloomberg data entry system.

Once updated, we hope to the delete. — John Bird () February 14, 2020

I hope the starts today — Michael () February 14, 2020

Annoying amount of people misunderstanding — Richard Andrews () February 14, 2020

The series of tweets are hardly surprising given who has actually applied it to the story. First, Warren Buffett. Then, a keen student of the English language.

The full story, which everybody missed, is set to be published in the Spectator later today.