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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From the same sire as Best Mate, as a bumper horse Robber Baron was described by his trainer as the best she had trained since the triple Gold Cup winner, and he will have come on a load since his last run.
Folsom hits hard on the subsidies that the so-called robber baron railroad magnates received, pointing out that only lavish grants by the government put many of the railroad builders in a position to become barons.
Not since the robber baron era of primitive capitalism has so much economic power been concentrated in so few hands.
The government in Sofia risks being seen as a new model of sovereign-wealth robber baron.
A talented novice hurdler, Robber Baron has spent the best part of two years off the track after rupturing a tendon.
Bill Gates has set up a $22 billion foundation, in part to rescue his reputation from the charge that he is a modern-day robber baron.
Though the book starts slowly, with an excessively detailed look at the financial machinations of the Robber Baron Age, it becomes increasingly illuminating after Morris jumps to the modern age of finance and begins tackling such topics as Michael Milken, the S&L crisis, the leveraged buy-out craze of the 1980s, and last year's Asian currency crisis.
Eleven presidents of Welsh origin, including Lincoln and Jefferson, two-fifths of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence; the Penn family of Welsh descent, the founders of Pennsylvania, Yale, a Welsh foundation; the Morgan Banks, which produced the great robber baron J P Morgan; and Frank Lloyd Wright and Hilary Clinton with Welsh on both sides.
It was Jay Gould, the robber baron, and the young inventor suffered considerable loss in a dispute between Western Union and Gould's Atlantic & Pacific system over Edison's quadruplex telegraph.
Henrietta Knight has had one winner and three placed horses over the last 14 days from only about a dozen runners, but success today for Robber Baron in the Onny National Hunt Novices Hurdle at Ludlow will prove her stable is ready for the Festival.
Yes, Santa does sometimes turn into a robber baron in a jolly red dressing gown and a big white beard.
The prospect that in a hundred years' time another Jean Strouse may write a book called Gates must put a huge smile on the face of the nation's leading contemporary Robber Baron.
Lib Dem Lord Oakeshott said: "Britain is sick of robber baron bankers who help themselves before customers.
Nicholls' ex-husband is also providing support, as he plans to send her Whispering John, who was runner-up behind the Knight-trained Robber Baron over hurdles at Exeter last autumn.