About the Project

IMG_20190514_132156The World-Magnates Project is a multi-faceted study on “world-magnates” — the historical equivalents of today’s billionaires — from the mid-fifteenth century to the present. By identifying the epicenters of wealth accumulation in space, time, and industry, such a dataset is invaluable in addressing serious questions about the historical development of capitalism, processes of creative destruction, and inequalities.

The project is based out of the University of Maryland (College Park) under the direction of Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz (UMD) and Corey R. Payne (Johns Hopkins).