The Superclass List

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The Superclass List is a creation of David Rothkopf which his book Superclass: The Global Power Elite and The World They Are Making (publ. March 2008) is based upon. There are four key elements of success that unite the members of the Superclass, and gives them unparalleled power over world affairs. These elements are: geography, pedigree, networking and luck.[1]

The verified list[edit]

In the book Rothkopf writes that his list from 2008 contains 6,000 individuals. The grouping is, however, only defined roughly and as a statistical reality. Rothkopf also writes that list (one in a million, globally), is always in flux. (Note, world population is now 6.9 - 7 billion. so, if published today, the list may contain 7,000 names)

Rothkopf states that his list is not to be shown in public as there will be so much discussion about who does or does not qualify to be on the list. In interviews he mentions individuals that are on the list. This list contain names that he argues he has verified.

Argentina[edit]

  1. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner[2]

Australia[edit]

  1. Rupert Murdoch[2]

Belgium[edit]

  1. Albert Frère[2]
  2. Etienne Davignon[2]
  3. Maurice Lippens[2]

Brazil[edit]

  1. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva[1]

Chile[edit]

  1. Andronico Luksic[1]

China[edit]

  1. Hu Jintao[2]
  2. Fu Chengyu[1]
  3. Ding Lei[1]
  4. Lou Jiwei[1]
  5. Yang Huiyan[2]
  6. Zhou Xiaochuan[2]
  7. Richard Li Tzar Kai[2]

Colombia[edit]

  1. Luis Alberto Moreno[1]
  2. Shakira[1]
  3. Julio Mario Santo Domingo[2]

Egypt[edit]

  1. Amr Khaled[2]
  2. Amr Moussa[2]

Denmark[edit]

  1. Janus Friis[2]

France[edit]

  1. Nicolas Sarkozy[2]
  2. Pascal Lamy[1]
  3. Michèle Alliot-Marie[1]
  4. Baudouin Prot[2]
  5. Jean-Claude Trichet[2]

Germany[edit]

  1. Angela Merkel[2]
  2. Josef Ackermann[1]
  3. Josef Joffe[1]
  4. Rene Obermann[2]
  5. Reinhard Mohn[2]

India[edit]

  1. Lakshmi Mittal[1]
  2. Sonia Gandhi[1]
  3. Ratan Tata[2]
  4. Kalanidhi Maran[2]
  5. Rana Talwar[2]
  6. Kushal Pal Singh[2]
  7. Mukesh Ambani[2]
  8. Indra Nooyi[2]
  9. Tenzin Gyatso[2]

Iran[edit]

  1. Ali Khamenei[2]

Ireland[edit]

  1. Bob Geldof[1]

Italy[edit]

  1. Silvio Berlusconi[1]

Netherlands[edit]

  1. Jeroen van der Veer[2]

Japan[edit]

  1. Hiroshi Mikitani[2]
  2. Osamu Suzuki[2]
  3. Akira Mori[2]

Kenya[edit]

  1. Wangari Maathai[2]

Kuwait[edit]

  1. Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah[2]

Lebanon[edit]

  1. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah[1]

Liberia[edit]

  1. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf[2]

Libya[edit]

  1. Patrice Motsepe[2]

Mexico[edit]

  1. Mario Molina[1]
  2. Genaro Larrea Mota Velasco[1]
  3. Guillermo Ortiz Martinez[2]
  4. Carlos Slim Helú[2]

Nigeria[edit]

  1. Aliko Dangote[2]
  2. Odein Ajumogobia[2]
  3. Francis Arinze[2]

North Korea[edit]

  1. Kim Jong-il (deceased 2011) [1]

Qatar[edit]

  1. Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer al-Thani[2]

Russia[edit]

  1. Alexei Miller[1]
  2. Vladimir Putin[2]
  3. Vladimir Popovkin[2]
  4. Andrey Likhachev[2]
  5. Oleg Deripaska[2]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

  1. Bandar bin Sultan[1]
  2. Al-Waleed bin Talal[2]

Singapore[edit]

  1. Ho Ching[1]

South Africa[edit]

  1. Nelson Mandela[2]
  2. Patrice Motsepe[2]

South Korea[edit]

  1. David Yonggi Cho[1]

Portugal[edit]

  1. José Manuel Barroso[2]

Sweden[edit]

  1. Carl Bildt[3]
  2. Marcus Wallenberg[3]
  3. Ingvar Kamprad[3]
  4. Fredrik Reinfeldt[3]
  5. Carl-Henric Svanberg[4]

About 20-30 Swedes are on the list.[5]

Switzerland[edit]

  1. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe[1]

Turkey[edit]

  1. Kemal Derviş[2]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

  1. Khalifa Mohammad Al-Kindi[2]

United Kingdom[edit]

  1. Mike Turner[1]
  2. Richard Branson[1]
  3. Bernie Ecclestone[2]
  4. Lakshmi Mittal[2]
  5. John Silvester Varley[2]
  6. Mark Thompson[2]

United States of America[edit]

  1. George W. Bush[2]
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger[1]
  3. Ronald Sugar[1]
  4. Jeffrey Immelt[1]
  5. James "Jamie" Dimon[1][2]
  6. Robert Zoellick[1]
  7. Oprah Winfrey[1]
  8. Indra Nooyi[1]
  9. Al Gore[1]
  10. Lee Scott[1]
  11. Michael Mullen[1]
  12. Mark Zuckerberg[2]
  13. Pierre Omidyar[2]
  14. Steve Case[2]
  15. Sumner Redstone[2]
  16. Michael Bloomberg[2]
  17. Rex Tillerson[2]
  18. Ben Bernanke[2]
  19. Ken Lewis[2]
  20. Stephen Green (banker)[2]
  21. Lloyd Blankfein[2]
  22. Sergey Brin[2]
  23. Larry Page[2]
  24. Bill Gates[2]
  25. Warren Buffett[2]
  26. Jerry Yang[2]
  27. Henry "Hank" Paulson[4]
  28. Joshua Bolten[4]
  29. Gavin E. Warner[4]

Vatican[edit]

  1. Pope Benedict XVI[2]

Venezuela[edit]

  1. Lorenzo Mendoza Gimenez[1]
  2. Gustavo Cisneros[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am Latif, Iqbal (2008-01-06). "The New 'Superclass' – Hype -vs- Reality". Global Politician. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu Rothkopf, David (2008-04-07). "Who Is the Superclass?". Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Svenskarna som ingår i den globala makteliten" (In Swedish). Dagensps.se. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Finanskrisen: Han pekar ut de skyldiga" (In Swedish). di.se. Retrieved 2008-09-24. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Han har koll på makten" (In Swedish). DN.se. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 

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