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A person who has become rich through ruthless and unscrupulous business practices (originally with reference to prominent US businessmen in the late 19th century):‘both political parties served the interests of the corporate robber barons’‘robber barons paid their employees bare subsistence wages’
- ‘He has set up a $22 billion foundation, in part to rescue his reputation from the charge that he is a modern-day robber baron.’
- ‘Henry Huttleston Rogers, a well-known robber baron who made millions as a vice president of Standard Oil, bought Atlas Tack and brought it to Fairhaven in 1901.’
- ‘The reality is that if you monopolists would stop thinking like the robber barons of old and start thinking like the entrepreneurs of today, you would encounter another path.’
- ‘Great fortunes have usually been built by industrial tycoons, sometimes known as robber barons.’
- ‘The company may be taken over by a robber baron such as Maxwell who clears out the pension fund for his own personal gain.’
Early 19th century: originally denoting a feudal lord who engaged in plundering.
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