They Rule provides a glimpse of some of the
relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its focus the boards of some of
the most powerful US companies, which share many of the same directors. Some individuals
sit on 5, 6, or even 7 of the top 500 companies. It allows users to browse through
these interlocking directories and run searches on the boards and companies. A user
can save a map of connections complete with their annotations and email links to these
maps to others. They Rule is a starting point for research about these powerful
individuals and corporations.
Click the thumbnails to the left for examples of how this website works. The first
shows how Halliburton and Alcoa Aluminum, for example, are connected by board members
who also sit on the board of Citigroup. The second expands on those connections to
show some inter-related affiliations with other companies.
For the complete interactive journey, visit the website at:
(Flash 7 required)