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Superclass
A new breed of global aristocrats are using their money to establish new global rules.
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2010 13:28 GMT

A new breed has emerged; they set the global agenda, ride on Gulfstreams and manage the credit crunch in their spare time.

GUESTS
  David Rothkopf
Author: Superclass
  Jeff Faux
Author: The Global Class War
  Moisés Naím
Author: Illicit
  Janine Wedel
Author: Shadow Elite

They are anything but elected; they are entrepreneurs and entertainers, media moguls and former politicians - the self-made super rich who are using their money to lay down a new set of global rules.

They have more in common with each other than with their countrymen, set apart by their ability to regularly influence the lives of millions of people around the globe.

So where did this new global aristocracy come from and who is keeping them in check?

Why should Oprah Winfrey have the ear of President Obama, and who gave Shakira the right to dictate education policy?

interviewees
  Paul Theroux
Writer and novelist
  Paul Farhi
Journalist, The Washington Post
  Matthew Bishop
Author: Philanthrocapitalism
  Christopher Hitchens
Author: The trial of Henry Kissinger
  Ken Silverstein
Author: How lobbyists plunder the nation

But then again, when you have as much money as Bill Gates and you are prepared to give it over to a good cause who is going to stop you?

It is all well and good until the revolving door spins in the wrong direction. Empire talks to Christopher Hitchens about Henry Kissinger and his life beyond elected power - it does not seem to have changed that much.

Is the world suffering from a global governance gap? Should we be worried that the superclass seems to have an ever-expanding reach that bypasses governments and remains unchecked?

Empire finds out.

This episode of Empire airs from Wednesday, July 28, at the following times GMT: Wednesday: 1900; Thursday: 0300, 1400; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 1900; Sunday: 0300.

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