This is the first time a ranking of economic …

This is the first time a ranking of economic actors by global control is presented. Notice that many actors belong to the financial sector and many of the names are well-known global players. The interest of this ranking is not that it exposes unsuspected powerful players. Instead, it shows that many of the top actors belong to the core. This means that they do not carry out their business in isolation but, on the contrary, they are tied together in an extremely entangled web of control. This finding is extremely important since there was no prior economic theory or empirical evidence regarding whether and how top players are connected. Finally, it should be noted that governments and natural persons are only featured further down in the list.

Vitali, Glattfelder, Battiston: The network of global corporate control (ETH Zürich, Chair of Systems Design)

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