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Capital without Borders

Capital without Borders

Wealth Managers and the One Percent

Brooke Harrington

ISBN 9780674244771

Publication date: 07/14/2020

“A timely account of how the 1% holds on to their wealth…Ought to keep wealth managers awake at night.”
Wall Street Journal

“Harrington advises governments seeking to address inequality to focus not only on the rich but also on the professionals who help them game the system.”
—Richard Cooper, Foreign Affairs

“An insight unlike any other into how wealth management works.”
—Felix Martin, New Statesman

“One of those rare books where you just have to stand back in awe and wonder at the author’s achievement…Harrington offers profound insights into the world of the professional people who dedicate their lives to meeting the perceived needs of the world’s ultra-wealthy.”
Times Higher Education

How do the ultra-rich keep getting richer, despite taxes on income, capital gains, property, and inheritance? Capital without Borders tackles this tantalizing question through a groundbreaking multi-year investigation of the men and women who specialize in protecting the fortunes of the world’s richest people. Brooke Harrington followed the money to the eighteen most popular tax havens in the world, interviewing wealth managers to understand how they help their high-net-worth clients dodge taxes, creditors, and disgruntled heirs—all while staying just within the letter of the law. She even trained to become a wealth manager herself in her quest to penetrate the fascinating, shadowy world of the guardians of the one percent.


  • Offers a timely account of how the 1% holds on to their wealth…[It] ought to keep wealth managers awake at night…Harrington’s book ought to make professionals involved in wealth management aware that they are operating in an ‘ethical gray area’ and engage in the national discourse on inequality that has been gathering momentum since Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

    —Aifric Campbell, Wall Street Journal


  • 2018, Winner of the Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Outstanding Book Award


  • Brooke Harrington is Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College.

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press