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Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 1:45pm

The World Policy Institute invites you to the inaugural Dieter Zander Luncheon Roundtable on the World Economy 
Please join us for a discussion with author Chrystia Freeland on her new book: 
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 
Noon to 1:45 pm 

Billionaires have replaced millionaires as the world’s de facto ruling class. The plutocrats of the second Gilded Age –the Mark Zuckerbergs and Azim Premjis- cross national borders in ways that extend their reach far beyond that of the robber barons of the first Gilded Age, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller.  Plutocrats is Chrystia Freeland’s groundbreaking examination of how the rise of the new, transglobal elite –not the 1 percent but the 0.1 percent- is changing the world economy and shaping our future in unprecedented ways. While middle class incomes have stagnated over the past two years, the income of the pinnacle of the elite has risen by 12 percent. As global wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, she warns that the social upheavals of the first Gilded Age may pale in comparison to what’s in store for the future. Freeland provides an insightful and disquieting glimpse into the lives of the self-made super-elite and their impact on the world. She examines the often blurry line between plutocrats who improve the world and those who exploit it. She offers a clear understanding of why citizens need the super-elite, why they need citizens, and how to bridge the inequality gap toward a shared better future. 

About the Author

Chrystia Freeland is the digital editor of Thomson Reuters, following years of service at the Financial Times both in New York and London. She was the deputy editor of Canada’s The Globe and Mail, and has reported for the Financial TimesThe Economist, and the Washington Post. Freeland’s last book was Sale of a Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution. She lives in New York City. 
This lunch series has been made possible through the generosity of Dieter Zander.




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