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Robber Barons

A pejorative term for wealthy industrialists in the late 19th century United States. Robber barons are credited with leading American industrialization and creating a great deal of wealth; however, they often did so through unethical means, many of which later became illegal. Price manipulation, union busting, and anti-competitive practices were common among robber barons. Well known robber barons include Andrew Carnegie, John W. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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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.
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Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes John Franch (University of Illinois Press, 2006).
Grant for preserving the Union (he eventually published the statesman's best-selling memoirs); wrote in favor of rights for African Americans but was fond of telling racist jokes (and co-authored with Bret Harte the grotesquely anti-Chinese play Ah Sin); assailed the Gilded Age yet formed a close personal and professional relationship with the robber baron Henry Rogers; lampooned con men and scam artists yet went broke by investing in crackpot inventions and get-rich-quick schemes; and SO on.
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Tuesday, the ultimate robber baron, is calling in his debts, and Arthur's very world will be part of the price.
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Reportedly describing Microsoft's chief software architect Bill Gates as "a bit of a robber baron", one Green party representative said proposed legislation from Democrats that is designed to ensure open source is considered by Government organizations would assist free trade.
Despite his near-addiction to big deals, and the ruthlessness with which he so often carries them out, Hindery is not your typical robber baron. He's a firm believer in sharing the wealth.
Closer to home, at Stratford, Gold Cup-winning trainer Henrietta Knight should fleece the bookies of a few quid through Robber Baron while Kim Bailey's Irish import, Metal Detector, can unearth success in the Displaybox Novices' Hurdle.
Of more immediate interest, I suggested last Sunday that you keep an eye on Henrietta Knight's pair Impek and Robber Baron. They both run at God's own racecourse this afternoon and I will be disappointed and more skint than usual if they both get stuffed.
Pierpont Morgan as a flesh-and-blood human being, rather than the caricature"robber baron" of so much of the literature.