Simple Definition of robber baron
: a wealthy person who tries to get land, businesses, or more money in a way that is dishonest or wrong
Full Definition of robber baron
1 : an American capitalist of the latter part of the 19th century who became wealthy through exploitation (as of natural resources, governmental influence, or low wage scales)
2 : a business owner or executive who acquires wealth through ethically questionable tactics
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