Dan Price: the worst CEO in America

How he used his internet fame and social media to abuse women.

Brad LaPlante
4 min readSep 21, 2022


Dan Price

Dan Price was every modern liberal’s icon. He was corporate America’s Bernie Sanders. If Dan Price could do it, so could every business owner. Some even led to some small businesses to pay higher wages to employees. He was an icon, an inspiration.

Price was the CEO for Gravity Payments, a credit card and financial services company based in Seattle, Wash. He is best known for his publicity stunt immediately after being named Gravity’s CEO. He said he would pay every employee — 110 of them at the time — a minimum salary of $70,000.

He’s known for viral tweets like, “Lifting someone out of poverty is the most effective anti-depressant in the world.”

He once posted on LinkedIn: “In the unlikely event that you are falsely accused, remember that it will be much easier for you to overcome false allegations than it will be for actual victims to overcome the trauma of harassment or assault.”

He’s been on the front page of Esquire Magazine. He’s appeared on The Daily Show and done numerous photo shoots. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich called him “the one moral CEO” in America.

A New York Times exposé outlines the various ways that Price used his platform to hide his sexual assault.

Of course, Price was an appealing and attractive. It was easy to celebrate his progressive worldview. Even the aforementioned Sanders can be celebrated so much, but Price was actually doing it. He went out to treat his employees like most wish a CEO would. And he did it.

Model and artist Kacie Margis learned about Price the same way I did. He proved every fiscal conservative wrong. His business improved and so did his employees’ quality of life. What started as an Instagram direct message between Margis and Price ended with an accusation of rape.

Price found a remedy: social media.

Just as The New York Times mentioned:

“It was the opposite of being canceled. Just as social media can ruin someone, so too can it — through time, persistence and audacity —…