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Today, more than twenty oligarchs serve as heads of state or government in countries such as Russia, South Africa, Lebanon and El Salvador. Many have a net worth in excess of $1 billion, and they all – whether directly or indirectly – impact our daily lives.
Read an abridged version of the introduction to “The Oligarchs’ Grip” here on our blog!
Who are the oligarchs and how have they come to dominate our world? What difference does gender make? Is there something “good” to be found in them, or are they just “bad”? And what is it like to interview an oligarch and get a glimpse of their human side? In this book talk, the authors of “The Oligarchs’ Grip: Fusing Wealth and Power” talk to Stefan Giesen, Editorial Director Business & Economics at De Gruyter. Entrepreneurship expert David Lingelbach and oligarch researcher Valentina Rodríguez Guerra draw upon more than 25 years of research (including conversations with Vladimir Putin and other oligarchs), 16 case studies, and dozens of historical examples in The Oligarchs’ Grip. They develop the first-ever model that reveals the strategies employed by oligarchs to fuse wealth and power and transition between the two.
David Lingelbach is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore. He was educated at MIT, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Exeter, where he earned his Ph.D. Prior to becoming an academic, David served in senior roles in finance and international development, including as CEO of Bank of America’s businesses in the former Soviet Union. He was a Fulbright Scholar (Myanmar/Burma, 2018-19) and Fulbright Specialist (Colombia, 2021) and has been nominated twice for an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.
Valentina Rodríguez Guerra is an author, oligarch researcher, and graduate student in business administration, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She has received awards for her work from NASA and the Colombian Ministry of Education.
Together, they are regular opinion contributors to The Hill on Vladimir Putin and other oligarchs.