robber baron

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robber baron

1. A disparaging term applied to any of the prominent businessmen in the late 19th-century US who used unethical means to increase industrialization (and thus their own wealth and prestige). John Rockefeller is usually regarded as a robber baron, but he's certainly not the only one.
2. By extension, anyone who achieves great wealth and success by unscrupulous means. Of course I don't trust him—he's a robber baron who's made all his money by manipulating the stock market!
3. In the Middle Ages, a thief who robbed unsuspecting travelers. Please be mindful of robber barons on your journey through the countryside.
See also: robber
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12 (ANI): Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be seen playing Thomas Edison in upcoming 'The Current War,' believes that he will leave it to others to debate whether the light bulb inventor was a genius scientist or a robber baron.
12 ( ANI ): Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be seen playing Thomas Edison in upcoming 'The Current War,' believes that he will leave it to others to debate whether the light bulb inventor was a genius scientist or a robber baron.
As a robber baron par excellence, he molded Carnegie Steel into the biggest American steel producer partly through intimidation and other unsavory tactics, but also through impressive business acumen he was, for example, among the first to utilize a cost accounting system).
Eventually she is kidnapped by a robber baron while the knight lies in an apparent state of death.