- Handwriting analysts claim you can learn about someone's character by looking at their writing style.
- We asked two of them to analyze the signatures of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and other successful leaders.
Handwriting is like fingerprints: No two people have exactly the same.
Although handwriting analysis has plenty of detractors, experts in the field claim that one's handwriting can telegraph clues about their personality, work style, and psychological state.
Note that graphology isn't a foolproof method, and we have no way of confirming the personality suggestions below. Rather, take this exercise in the spirit it's meant: fun, and as a reminder that as you advance in your career, just about everything you do matters.
Here's what they said about the signatures of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and other icons.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Elaine Charal: "Tim's illegible signature indicates he is a private person who is particular about who he allows close. The circling within his signature reflects a protective stroke that helps him admit only those to his inner circle that he can absolutely trust.
"His high capital letters indicate his strong level of confidence, his ambition and his promotional talent. The hooks at the end of each portion of his signatures are known as tenacity hooks that indicate that Tim will achieve whatever he sets out to do, and won't give up until every avenue has been explored; they also suggest that once he achieves something, it is his - he doesn't let it go."
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway CEO
Kathi McKnight: "The far right slant of this signature reveals a true extrovert who is sentimental about his friends and family and is prone to impulsiveness. Even the best billionaires amongst us can be impulsive.
"But he has the north-to-south running loop kick-starting the letter W in Warren, which reveals he will definitely take responsibility. He is a man of vision who can see the end result quickly. He will always be eager to get to the end game."