ol·i·garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk , ˈō- \

Definition of oligarch 

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

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Top Maryland officials say the FBI told them this week that the state's voter registration platform was purchased by a Russian oligarch in 2015, without state officials knowing. CBS News, "Maryland told its voter registration vendor financed by Russian oligarch," 13 July 2018 The fact that John and Tony Podesta are making millions from the oligarchs around Putin in banking, in gas, and in uranium. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The lying left," 24 June 2018 The campaign, Gupta suggested, would not only be beneficial to the country but would also bolster his family’s financial position, by casting the brothers not as overstepping oligarchs but as outsiders countering white supremacy. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 Daniels in Detroit: Essential Consultants, which Cohen set up shortly before making the payment to Clifford just weeks before the 2016 election, has since been tied to payments to Cohen by AT&T, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and a Russian oligarch. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Cohen approached Ford for consulting, Mueller wants to see the records," 11 May 2018 Avenatti also alleged that a company connected to a Russian oligarch sent $500,000 last year to Cohen's business. Nick Turner And Scott Moritz, latimes.com, "AT&T was paying Trump's lawyer as the administration turned into foe," 9 May 2018 Glushkov was a friend of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who died in London in 2013. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "What's Going on with These Mysterious Deaths?," 13 Mar. 2018 Gates has a lower profile than Manafort but worked with him in Ukraine and flew to Moscow for meetings with associates of Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who paid them tens of millions of dollars, NBC News has reported. Tracy Connor, NBC News, "Rick Gates’ lawyers cite ‘irreconcilable differences’ in request to split," 7 Feb. 2018 Columbus Nova, an American investment firm with links to Viktor Vekselberg, an oligarch close to Mr Putin, paid Essential Consultants $500,000 as a consulting fee. The Economist, "How Trump's lawyers are becoming a liability," 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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English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

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

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