A superclass that defines the worldIn “Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making,” David Rothkopf examines the advent, influence, power scale, network and future of the “superclass,” a powerful elite that rules the world.
The superclass is not the same as the upper class. The American weekly newsmagazine Newsweek said a superclass that controls the world economy is emerging and that this demographic is different from the existing elite group.
The superclass has both wealth and power. They earned their wealth by themselves rather than by family inheritance, such as through the old-money bloodline.
Their skills and abilities are defined by their individual abilities rather than their pedigree. Their influence reaches all over the world, not only a confined local area.
There are many different opinions about this newly emerging class. Firstly, they are getting praised for having higher moral standards than the existing elite. They pay attention to international problems such as the environment and poverty. Also they stress transparent wealth formation. Because of this, they are considered as global heroes who will rescue the poor from poverty. However, some say they are thieves in the guise of nobles who play an essential role in the history of inequality.
The author made a list of 6,000 people who are qualified for the superclass. He revealed only part of the list, saying many people are in the superclass thanks to their current status but it is no use listing all the names since their status could change.
There are several Americans on the list plus Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and Senior Pastor and the founder of the Yeouido Full Gospel Church David Yonggi Cho. By Rhee Eun-young