Chrystia Freeland

Colbert riffs on the global super-elite

Chrystia Freeland
Mar 2, 2011 17:37 UTC

On the Colbert Report last night, Stephen Colbert took off and ran with the idea from Chrystia’s recent Atlantic essay that the super-elite “are increasingly a nation unto themselves.” “Let the rich start their own country,” Colbert said. “Call it ‘America Plus.’ We already live in gated communities. I say we just connect them all with really long driveways.”

Colbert deadpanned that creating a rich America and a poor America might just ameliorate U.S. unemployment overall: “To us [in America Plus] you’ll now be cheap foreign labor, and we might just start hiring you again.”

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Posted by Peter Rudegeair.

Davos Man in his natural habitat

Chrystia Freeland
Feb 3, 2011 20:10 UTC

When not anchoring her own talk show at the World Economic Forum, Chrystia let a few BBC cameras follow her around Davos as she attempted to document how the global super-elite are pulling away from the rest of us.  Watch her interview some of the plutocrats at the Davos Congress Center — and make spin paintings with Damien Hirst:

Posted by Peter Rudegeair.

The “working rich” and the rest of us

Chrystia Freeland
Jan 26, 2011 14:31 UTC

‘‘The next 10 years is going to be the most exciting time in our lives!’’ said Tejpreet Singh Chopra, an Indian entrepreneur. ‘‘The Indian economy will double! It will be incredible!’’

It was hot and humid  —  typical spring weather in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. It was also late  —  close to midnight. But the enthusiastic Mr. Chopra, dressed in a still-crisp light  shirt with blue and white stripes, navy trousers and blue turban, was on his way to yet another meeting.

Mr. Chopra was in East Africa last May as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, a sort of farm team for the full-grown global business elite that gathers every January in Davos.