Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


New Security Threat: Jewish American Princesses

A Twitter tale gone wrong

Print Email
(Rich Kids of Instagram)

Ask anyone around Austin, Texas, about Michael Dell and you’ll hear nothing but great things about the world’s 15th richest man. Among his many philanthropic initiatives, Dell–the CEO of the Dell empire–has also funded numerous projects to serve the Austin Jewish community including its Jewish Community Center. Like many people of considerable means, Dell also spends nearly $3 million a year on security for his family.

And what piquant irony it is when a technology mogul’s security efforts are thwarted by his own daughter’s Twitter account. From the Telegraph:

Alexa Dell’s overenthusiastic social networking habits were curbed after she unintentionally disclosed details about her father’s whereabouts. His security team is understood to have considered the posts compromising.

The 18-year-old was a keen user of Twitter and the photo-sharing website Tumblr, ostensibly using it like any other teenage girl to update her friends and followers on the minutiae of her daily life.

But many of her posts were stamped with a GPS location, showing exactly from where it was sent. Her posts also included the exact dates she and her family were arriving and departing certain cities and the location she was shopping.

Alas, the worst is yet to come:

The final straw apparently came last week when Miss Dell, who lives with her family in a gated $12m hilltop mansion in Austin, Texas, posted a photograph of her younger brother Zachary on the Tumblr site titled The Rich Kids of Instagram – a reference to the popular photographic software.

The photo depicted Zachary on the family jet eating a luxurious buffet en route to Fiji. The picture was posted using Instagram, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, and linked to Miss Dell’s Twitter site which was replete with references to the family’s social life and included day-to-day movements.

For those of you who haven’t seen The Rich Kids of Instagram, you’ve been warned.

Dell CEO Tweets Undermine $2.7m Security [Telegraph]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Being a wealthy Jewish undereducated WOMAN of 18 years isn’t a guarantee of brains.

Tell her she’s liable to be kidnapped….stupid girl….

Phillipe Shams says:

What I don’t get is where “Jewish” comes into the story. This could happen to any of the ultra rich people around the world, regardless of their religion.

I don’t see a connection between Jewish and idiot daughter of a rich man. As Ortega y Gasset said in the Revolt of the Masses:”“Doubtless the most radical division of humanity that can be made is that
between two classes of creatures: those who demand much of themselves and assume
a burden of tasks and difficulties, and those who require nothing special of
themselves, but rather for whom to live is to be in every instant only what they
already are.”

    I find this behaviour obscene and in very bad taste. In this economic climate, even more so, shameful

Your title is wrong on so many levels. The ONLY Jewish connection is that the dad made a generous donation to a JCC. The term “Jewish American Princess” is – or should be – an outdated ugly reference that demeans Jewish women. #tabletfail

nischt nischt says:

Who the fuck cares?


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

New Security Threat: Jewish American Princesses

A Twitter tale gone wrong

More on Tablet:

How To Make Middle Eastern Stuffed Vegetables

By Joan Nathan — Video: Filled with warm rice and unexpected spices, they’re perfect for a cool autumn night—as a side dish or vegetarian entree