ol·​i·​garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk , ˈō- \

Definition of oligarch

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

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Chelsea would have to pay Conte's existing contract off - around £9m - and stump up £7m to prise Sarri out of his contract in Naples, but Abramovich's deep pockets mean that shouldn't be a problem for the Russian oligarch. SI.com, "Napoli Boss Sarri Installed As New Priority Target to Replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea This Summer," 19 Apr. 2018 There’s his former client, the oligarch Oleg Deripaska, to whom Manafort was heavily indebted. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Does Mueller think Paul Manafort is the key to collusion?," 15 June 2018 The gleeful oligarch emerged from jail pledging to overthrow Mr Nazarbayev. The Economist, "Kazakhstan’s government squelches the least hint of dissent," 26 Apr. 2018 The process was highlighted recently by an arrangement struck by the Treasury and a number of Russian companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Signals Off-Ramp for Sanctions Against Venezuelan TV Station," 8 Jan. 2019 Intrater is the American cousin of Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch whose company is under US sanctions. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "How Russian money and influence slipped through cracks in the US legal system," 25 Oct. 2018 The founder was a guy named Tevfik Arif and the managing director was Felix Sater, a man with numerous ties to Russian oligarchs and Russian intelligence. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades," 8 Dec. 2018 They were adept at moving money around the world, dealing with shady Russian oligarchs and the like. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump is totally wrong about obstruction of justice," 1 May 2018 That same memo claimed that Trump was providing information to the Kremlin, mostly on Russian oligarchs and their families. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of oligarch

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligarch

Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch

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English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

somewhat formal : a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.

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