David Lingelbach & Valentina Rodríguez on Oligarchs: Fusing Wealth and Power

David Lingelbach & Valentina Rodríguez on Oligarchs: Fusing Wealth and Power

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Today, more than twenty oligarchs serve as heads of state or
government in countries such as Russia, South Africa, Lebanon and
El Salvador. Many have a net worth in excess of $1 billion, and
they all – whether directly or indirectly – impact our daily

Who are the oligarchs and how have they come to dominate our
world? What difference does gender make? Is there something
“good” to be found in them, or are they just “bad”? And what is
it like to interview an oligarch and glimpse their human side? In
this book talk, the authors of The Oligarchs’ Grip: Fusing Wealth
and Power talk to Stefan Giesen, Editorial Director Business
& Economics at De Gruyter. Entrepreneurship expert David
Lingelbach and oligarch researcher Valentina Rodríguez Guerra
draw upon more than 25 years of research (including conversations
with Vladimir Putin and other oligarchs), 16 case studies, and
dozens of historical examples in The Oligarchs’ Grip. They
develop the first-ever model that reveals the strategies employed
by oligarchs to fuse wealth and power and transition between the

David Lingelbach is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Merrick
School of Business, University of Baltimore. He was educated at
MIT, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the
University of Exeter, where he earned his Ph.D. Prior to becoming
an academic, David served in senior roles in finance and
international development, including as CEO of Bank of America’s
businesses in the former Soviet Union. He was a Fulbright Scholar
(Myanmar/Burma, 2018-19) and Fulbright Specialist (Colombia,
2021) and has been nominated twice for an Andrew Carnegie

Valentina Rodríguez Guerra is an author, oligarch researcher, and
graduate student in business administration, Facultad de Ciencias
Económicas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She has received
awards for her work from NASA and the Colombian Ministry of

Together, they are regular opinion contributors to The Hill on
Vladimir Putin and other oligarchs.  


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