Sunday 7 July 2013

On dark wealth

Here's a link to a very good New Statesman piece by the reliably astringent Brian Appleyard In the Shadow of Dark Wealth. It dates back to February this year and I came across it while researching a piece on what I call (with a nod to Ian Nairn) Plutopia - those parts of London, like Knightsbridge and the Bishop's Avenue in Finchley, which are inhabited for part of each year by the super-rich. Not just the Russian oligarchs and Arabic playboys (who attract and seem to enjoy the most publicity) but the lower-key, colossally wealthy bankers and entrepreneurs who have a base here. Appleyard is very good on what amounts to a recent phenomenon - the rise of what he calls dark wealth.

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