Chrystia Freeland asks are the super-rich out of touch?
3 February 2011 Last updated at 01:34 GMT
The ranks of the very seriously wealthy grow and grow, and the gap between them and the societies they once belonged to, grows wider and wider.
Could it be that the Arab sheikh, the Russian oligarch and the American internet magnate have more in common with each other than they have with the people they purport to live among?
BBC Newsnight asked Chrystia Freeland, the global editor-at-large of Reuters, to tell us what she makes of them.