Past Event


The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making

12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

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Today’s superclass has achieved unprecedented levels of wealth and power. They have globalized more rapidly than any other group. But do they have more in common with one another than with their own countrymen, as nationalist critics have argued? They control globalization more than anyone else. But has their influence fed the growing economic and social inequity that divides the world? What happens behind closed-door meetings in Davos or aboard corporate jets at 41,000 feet? Conspiracy or collaboration? Dealmaking or idle self-indulgence? What does the rise of Asia and Latin America mean for the conventional wisdom that shapes our destinies? Who sets the rules for a group that operates beyond national laws?


Drawn from scores of exclusive interviews and extensive original reporting, Superclass answers all of these questions and more. Taking us from the corporate boardrooms of America’s most powerful companies to a dinner meeting with Russia’s most notorious oligarch, from the secretive meetings of the Trilateral Commission and the Bohemian Grove to China’s upstart Boao Forum for Asia, David Rothkopf draws back the curtain on a privileged society that most of us know little about, even though it profoundly affects our everyday lives. This is the first in-depth examination of the connections between the global communities of leaders who are at the helm of every major enterprise on the planet and control its greatest wealth. And it is an unprecedented look at the trends within the superclass, which are likely to alter our politics, our institutions, and the shape of the world in which we live. Please join the Center for American Progress for a provocative discussion with the author on this groundbreaking new book.

Copies of Superclass will be available for purchase.

Featuring the Author of Superclass:

David Rothkopf, President and Chief Executive Officer, Garten Rothkopf


John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Center for American Progress