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  • She is an oil magnate.
  • I wondered what Rachel had told her father—a fabulously wealthy real estate magnate—to convince him she needed to borrow a helicopter.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Mathilde was the art director of the advertising firm where my mother worked; she was the daughter of a French fabric-importing magnate, younger than my mother and notoriously fussy, apt to throw tantrums if the car service or the catering wasn’t up to par.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Then newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst reportedly issued a two-word order to his editors: "Puff Graham."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • We’ll teach these magnates that they cannot ride roughshod over the rights of the commoners, confound them!
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The chief magnates sat on high-backed chairs at a large table under the portrait of the Emperor, but most of the gentry were strolling about the room.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The real, regular smuggling trade was run by such magnates as Kon and Heller; it was an easier operation, and quite safe.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The Hedestad Courier had published a tribute to the former magnate on his eightieth birthday two years ago, and it included a short sketch.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • When he felt his case unusually serious, and that he positively must find an opening, he would go on ’Change at a busy time, and walk in and out, in a kind of gloomy country dance figure, among the assembled magnates.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The water magnate was scowling, concentrating on his dinner.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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  • Here, no doubt, statistics of the former commerce of Salem might be discovered, and memorials of her princely merchants—old King Derby—old Billy Gray—old Simon Forrester—and many another magnate in his day, whose powdered head, however, was scarcely in the tomb before his mountain pile of wealth began to dwindle.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • And they really thought that it was "individualism" for tens of thousands of them to herd together and obey the orders of a steel magnate, and produce hundreds of millions of dollars of wealth for him, and then let him give them libraries; while for them to take the industry, and run it to suit themselves, and build their own libraries—that would have been "Paternalism"!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Recently the New York Times had reported the eerie Masonic ties of countless famous men-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Duke of Kent, Peter Sellers, Irving Berlin, Prince Philip, Louis Armstrong, as well as a pantheon of well-known modern-day industrialists and banking magnates.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • An aunt of my father’s, and consequently a great-aunt of mine, of whom I shall have more to relate by and by, was the principal magnate of our family.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • When Derwent, who is rumored to have substantial Las Vegas holdings, was asked if his purchase and refurbishing of the Overlook signaled the opening gun in a battle to legalize casino-style gambling in Colorado, the aircraft, movie, munitions, and shipping magnate denied it … with a smile.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • At a lower table the Court grandees and other guests of noble degree were seated, with the magnates of the city; the commoners took places at a multitude of tables on the main floor of the hall.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Upon which the bishop had been constrained to recite to him the ordinance of Legate Odo, which excepts certain great dames, ~aliquoe magnates mulieres, quoe sine scandalo vitari non possunt~.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He had been thinking all the time of his "pull" with the racetrack magnates.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Phillip and LaTisha, for instance, have the newsletter company magnate from Maryland who sponsors them and dozens of other kids through the "I Have a Dream" foundation.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Peter’s ancestral tree burgeoned with the names of wealthy business magnates, influential politicians, and a number of distinguished scientists, some even fellows of London’s Royal Society.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Otto Lunardi was the magnate who owned the Aurora and a vast fleet of more than forty other airships.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Mr. Guppy has no eyes for either of these magnates.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Troubled by the general moral demise of the East—manifest, particularly, in the Lindbergh kidnapping—the well-known home appliance magnate and his high-born Bostonian wife had brought their three sons, a maid, a cook, a butler, and a pair of private tutors to San Piedro’s secluded shores.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The bread was new and crusty, the butter fresh, and the sugar lump, of course — in fulfilment of the standard testimony of the Coketown magnates, that these people lived like princes, sir.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The girl thought the arrogance and granite-heartedness of the magnate of the play was very accurately drawn.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • He had his friend with him, you know, the chocolate magnate.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • In the mid-1920s, Howard began to live like the magnate he had become.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • So the citizen takes up one of his paraphernalia papers and he starts reading out: —A delegation of the chief cotton magnates of Manchester was presented yesterday to His Majesty the Alaki of Abeakuta by Gold Stick in Waiting, Lord Walkup of Walkup on Eggs, to tender to His Majesty the heartfelt thanks of British traders for the facilities afforded them in his dominions.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There, however, my eye fell once more on the magnate of poetry, although he had been put on a chest of drawers at one side of the room.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Maybe they got rich uncles—bank directors or railroad magnates or something.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The impression of its actual state, at this distance of a hundred and sixty years, darkens inevitably through the picture which we would fain give of its appearance on the morning when the Puritan magnate bade all the town to be his guests.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • A few minutes sufficed to whirl us to the superb house in Park Lane rented by the American magnate.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The duchess and the duke came out to the door of the room to receive him, and with them a grave ecclesiastic, one of those who rule noblemen’s houses; one of those who, not being born magnates themselves, never know how to teach those who are how to behave as such; one of those who would have the greatness of great folk measured by their own narrowness of mind; one of those who, when they try to introduce economy into the household they rule, lead it into meanness.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • She had got things nearly straight by the long years of scraping in little stations in Chitral and Burma—stations where living is cheap in comparison with the life of a county magnate, and where, moreover, liaisons of one sort or another are normal and inexpensive too.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • But as ashore, knightly valor, tho’ shorn of its blazonry, did not cease with the knights, neither on the seas, though nowadays in encounters there a certain kind of displayed gallantry be fallen out of date as hardly applicable under changed circumstances, did the nobler qualities of such naval magnates as Don John of Austria, Doria, Van Tromp, Jean Bart, the long line of British Admirals and the American Decaturs of 1812 become obsolete with their wooden walls.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • What she felt was that a territorial, a political, a social magnate had conceived the design of drawing her into the system in which he rather invidiously lived and moved.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Becky had met other Hungarian magnates with the army in France in 1816-17.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …a steward (worthy men who spent the rest of the week in semi-independence in their own domains, dined there by themselves like small shopkeepers, and might to-morrow lapse to the plebeian service of some successful doctor or industrial magnate), scrupulous in carrying out to the letter all the instructions that had been heaped upon them before they were allowed to don the brilliant livery which they wore only at long intervals, and in which they did not feel altogether at their…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • She watched Guy Pollock stammer and twist his mustache when he should have been a bullying magnate; Vida Sherwin, as Grimm’s timid wife, chatter at the audience as though they were her class in high-school English; Juanita, in the leading role, defy Mr. Grimm as though she were repeating a list of things she had to buy at the grocery this morning; Ella Stowbody remark "I’d like a cup of tea" as though she were reciting "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight"; and Dr. Gould, making love to Rita…
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • You have the air of a disgruntled magnate.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Retired coffee magnate, you see, Malayan valet, lives in opulence.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "What about the bushes, Luke?" yelled Mr. Halloran, the dairy-lunch magnate.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The swarthy Greek shipping magnate is more than twenty years older than Jackie, and three inches shorter.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • ’I am told,’ said Bishop magnate to Horse Guards, ’that Mr Merdle has made another enormous hit.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ’Cornelius,’ the founder of the family, was the first of the great American magnates of commerce.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • When he was told that a local magnate had said no one would take him for a City man, he felt that he had not lived in vain.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • —to be a great English magnate, to be clever and handsome into the bargain, and, by way of finishing off, to enjoy your high favour!
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • He was clerk to one of the magnates of a great steel corporation, and was looked upon in Cordelia Street as a young man with a future.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul’s Case
  • The powerful magnates of the Beef Trust responded by vilifying Roosevelt and Upton Sinclair, dismissing their accusations, and launching a public relations campaign to persuade the American people that nothing was wrong.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • What she felt was that a territorial, a political, a social magnate had conceived the design of drawing her into the system in which he rather invidiously lived and moved.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
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