Tuesday, 6 May 2003
Hidden American Aristocracy
This is an idea Mike and I had the other day. The premise is that America has a hidden aristocracy. It's well known that something like 5% of the population controls something like 80% of all the wealth in the US and there's a network of these wealthy business people sitting on the Boards of Directors of multiple companies. Using the Internet and SEC filings it should be possible to automatically mine the internet for these relationships and map out the aristocracy and the web of corporations they influence.
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