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Stories in the category Dynasties

The Avant-Sarandos clan

By Laurie Bennett

January 3, 2014 at 1:07pm

As chief content officer for Netflix, Ted Sarandos has been accused, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, of corrupting viewers with binge watching.

Bruce Dern’s illustrious family tree

By Laurie Bennett

December 29, 2013 at 8:09am

Unlike Woody Grant, the hardbitten character he plays in “Nebraska,” Bruce Dern grew up in a world of privilege.

Bitcoins, think tanks and the Koch brothers

By Laurie Bennett

December 11, 2013 at 9:12am

As if there isn’t enough dark money in the think tank funding stream, at least one organization is now accepting bitcoin.

An updated view of the Kochs and the Cato Institute

By Laurie Bennett

December 9, 2013 at 10:59am

Last year, after a highly publicized court battle, the Koch brothers and the Cato Institute came to an agreement.

Another generation of Rohatyns hits the headlines

By Laurie Bennett

December 4, 2013 at 11:59am

The name Rohatyn still conjures associations with New York’s brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s.

No happily-ever-aftering in Murdochland

By Muckety

November 24, 2013 at 11:34am

Rupert Murdoch is no Richard Harris.

Carter grandson running for GA governor

By Muckety

November 8, 2013 at 7:36am

President Jimmy Carter’s grandson is running for governor of Georgia.

The Koch offensive on Obamacare

By Laurie Bennett

October 10, 2013 at 10:38am

Koch brothers’ efforts to block Obamacare are roundabout, but clearly visible in our Muckety map.

Another lawsuit for the Perelmans

By Laurie Bennett

September 30, 2013 at 6:10am

You have to wonder if there’s a litigious gene in the Perelman family.

The many funding paths of Freedom Partners

By Laurie Bennett

September 14, 2013 at 8:23am

Politico published a jolting story this week about the political spending of a relatively unknown group called Freedom Partners.

The lofty connections of Helena Bonham Carter

By Laurie Bennett

September 5, 2013 at 8:38am

You wouldn’t always know it to look at her, given her propensity for wild-eyed, wild-haired roles, but Helena Bonham Carter has a towering family tree.

Money, brains and the Roosevelts

By Laurie Bennett

September 3, 2013 at 11:44am

Is it better to be rich or to be smart?

Kochs won’t buy Tribune papers

By Muckety

August 23, 2013 at 5:30am

The Koch brothers have decided not to pursue acquisition of Tribune Company newspapers.

The rapid rise of well-connected offspring

By Laurie Bennett

August 15, 2013 at 9:01am

When John English launched an unsuccessful run for the Oklahoma state legislature in 2003, he described his business as selling golf clubs over the internet.

McConnell aide ‘holding my nose’

By Laurie Bennett

August 9, 2013 at 6:22am

Sen. Mitch McConnell is experiencing the pros and cons of relying on the Ron Paul family network.

Compared with the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers are pikers

By Laurie Bennett

July 30, 2013 at 12:41pm

An old world dynasty joined a new world dynasty in 2012 when RIT Capital Partners, a Rothschild investment trust, bought a stake in Rockefeller Financial Services.

It’s a boy!

By Muckety

July 22, 2013 at 2:38pm

Aside from the paparazzi, the sartorial pressures and the scrutiny of a perfectly behaved great-grandmother, Baby Boy Cambridge has the burden of so many names.

Nigella hires high-powered lawyer - her cousin

By Laurie Bennett

July 16, 2013 at 9:11am

Fiona Shackleton is sort of the Gloria Allred of the U.K., a lawyer who finds herself in the middle of the country’s highest-profile breakups.

Charles Koch funds new ad campaign

By Muckety

July 11, 2013 at 9:46am

Businessman Charles Koch is launching a $200,000 advertising campaign in his hometown of Wichita, KS, praising economic freedom and criticizing government interference.

Jane Stetson may continue bundler-ambassador tradition

By Laurie Bennett

July 3, 2013 at 9:11am

IBM heir and former Democratic National Committee finance chair Jane Stetson is under consideration to be the new U.S. ambassador to France, the Washington Post reports.


  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

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