I came across this quote from man-o-sphere blogger heartiste (hat-tip to Darklock):

Many want to believe that getting girls is ancillary to being a true alpha male; that the real measure of an alpha lies in his ability to dominate other men, or his command of his environment, or his thirst for swashbuckling adventure. While these are admirable alpha traits, they are nothing but a means to an end. Make no mistake, at the most fundamental level the CRUX of a man’s worth is measured by his desirability to women, whether he chooses to play the game or not. Pussy is the holy grail. That is why the obese, socially maladroit nerdboy who manages to unlock the gate to the secret garden and bang a 10 regularly is an alpha male. And that is also why the rich, charming entrepreneur who because of an emotional deficiency or mental sickness lives mired in parched celibacy is not an alpha male.

Why is desirability to women the measure of a man’s worth? Isn’t giving women the power to decide a man’s worth itself beta? Perhaps he means that sexually desirable men have the ability to be evolutionary winners (pass on the most genes) should they play that game, and the ability to win at evolution is his definition of “alpha”, but even by that definition, sexually desirable men are not the most alpha. The real alpha would be a billionaire who could just pay endless hot women to have sex with him, and if he were really evil, pay his bodyguards to force them to have sex with him if they couldn’t be bought. Or skip sex and just pay for your sperm to impregnate many women. No sexual desirability required.

So it seems by this standard, the most alpha man in the World is probably Bill Gates, who at his peak was worth $100 billion, and so had there been a race to get the most women pregnant, he would have won by virtue of all the people he could hire to distribute his sperm.

But of course the man-o-sphere would never admit that some computer nerd is the king of the alphas because that’s just not the kind of guy they worship. So if they prefer to define an alpha male as just a guy women find sexy then the most alpha would be the latest studly movie star, but if the measure is the ability to pass on genes, then it’s whoever has the most money, because they can not only afford to spread their own sperm in droves, but pay to save the lives of anyone who shares copies of their genes, and prevent the breeding of those who don’t.