Summary of Superclass

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Superclass book summary


8 Overall

8 Importance

9 Innovation

8 Style


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.

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.



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 ...

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

By the same author

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category