Rich People Poor Countries

The Rise of Emerging-Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms

Caroline Freund. Assisted by Sarah Oliver

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Rich People Poor Countries

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Pub Date: January 2016

ISBN: 9780881327038

199 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $23.95

Pub Date: January 2016

ISBN: 9780881327045

199 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $19.99

Rich People Poor Countries

The Rise of Emerging-Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms

Caroline Freund. Assisted by Sarah Oliver

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Like the robber barons of the 19th century Gilded Age, a new and proliferating crop of billionaires is driving rapid development and industrialization in poor countries. The accelerated industrial growth spurs economic prosperity for some, but it also widens the gap between the super rich and the rest of the population, especially the very poor.

In Rich People Poor Countries, Caroline Freund identifies and analyzes nearly 700 emerging-market billionaires whose net worth adds up to more than $2 trillion. Freund finds that these titans of industry are propelling poor countries out of their small-scale production and agricultural past and into a future of multinational industry and service-based mega firms. And more often than not, the new billionaires are using their newfound acumen to navigate the globalized economy, without necessarily relying on political connections, inheritance, or privileged access to resources. This story of emerging-market billionaires and the global businesses they create dramatically illuminates the process of industrialization in the modern world economy.
The mass media are always happy to feed the public's appetite for details about how the rich and famous live. Much rarer is the kind of careful analysis of the sources and consequences of great wealth that Freund offers in this book. Foreign Affairs
A very useful sourcebook for anyone working on the changing face of global and national inequality. From Poverty to Power

About the Author

Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since May 2013, was chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank (2011–13). Prior to that she was lead economist and senior economist in the research department of the World Bank. She was also senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and economist at the Federal Reserve Board. Freund works primarily on economic growth and international trade and also writes on economic issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sarah Oliver has been a research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since August 2013.