Summary of Superclass

The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making

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Superclass book summary
What do Angelina Jolie and Osama bin Laden have in common? Find out in this guide to the world’s “superclass.”


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Conspiracy theories thrive on mystery, and no group is more mysterious than the planet’s richest, most powerful people. Former U.S. Undersecretary of State David Rothkopf attempts to shed light on these shadowy figures using his experience with – and his detailed research into – their feeding habits and environments. Rothkopf deftly intersperses firsthand knowledge with hard data in describing the clout, backgrounds and goals of the people he identifies as the “superclass.” The result is a thorough examination of the 6,000 members of the global elite, their sources of power and the staggering amounts of money they control. The book comes alive in its behind-the-scenes tales of how these movers and shakers really roll. Rothkopf coyly demurs from listing them, while name-dropping plenty – but he sometimes bogs down in theory and conjecture. getAbstract suggests this who’s who of the rich and famous to those seeking a glimpse of how the superclass runs the world.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes the “superclass” so powerful,
  • What its members think and do, and
  • How the superclass may change the world.


Gathering in Davos
Every year, 2,000 of the world’s most influential business leaders, government officials, cultural figures and media barons meet in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. Since 1971, acknowledged leaders from many fields have descended on Davos to conduct ...
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About the Author

David Rothkopf wrote Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council, among other publications. He heads an international advisory firm and is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a former U.S. deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy and past managing director of Kissinger Associates.

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