ol·​i·​garch | \ˈä-lə-ˌgärk, ˈō- \

Definition of oligarch 

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

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Glushkov, 68, was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky. David Brennan, Newsweek, "Nikolai Glushkov: Another Putin Critic Has Just Been Found Dead in London," 13 Mar. 2018 Those documents showed that Mr. Ross retained a financial stake in the shipping firm Navigator Holdings, which has a partnership with a Russian energy company owned by oligarchs with close ties to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. New York Times, "Wilbur Ross Says He Will Sell Stock After Watchdog Warns of Potential for Criminal Violation," 13 July 2018 Another useful model can be found in Ukraine, where a Russian oligarch backed the 2010 political campaign of the pro-Russian apparatchik Viktor Yanukovych. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 At least some of Kilimnik’s channels to Deripaska remained open through the 2016 presidential campaign, when Kilimnik and Manafort sought to return to the oligarch’s good graces after a falling out. Maria Danilova, The Seattle Times, "Russian charged with Trump’s ex-campaign chief is key figure," 2 July 2018 By 2017, all of Hungary’s 18 regional newspapers were owned by pro-government oligarchs. Orlando Crowcroft, Newsweek, "Europe's Far Right is Flourishing—Just Ask Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister," 20 Mar. 2018 It is sometimes likened to Switzerland for its relative political neutrality and its history of serving as banker in a region of dictators and oligarchs. Richard C. Paddock, BostonGlobe.com, "Tightly guarded, Singapore battens down for Korea talks," 8 June 2018 London lawyers have also helped oligarchs embroiled in litigation. The Economist, "Russian oligarchs may matter less to Britain’s economy than many think," 7 June 2018 Columbus Nova's main client is a company controlled by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, the New York Times reported and the firm confirmed. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Here's the Charlotte connection to payments made to Donald Trump's attorney | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 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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: a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.

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