Illustration: Melanie Lambrick

The Heartland Billionaire Destroying the Working Class

Joe Ricketts’ memoir tells of making it on his own—while crushing unions, scamming customers, and undermining local media

David Klion
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14 min readNov 5, 2019

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InIn a recent episode of HBO’s Succession, Kendall Roy, heir to a vast media fortune, personally lays off the entire staff of the fictional website Vaulter: a digital media…

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David Klion is News Editor for Jewish Currents and a writer for the Nation, the New Republic, and other publications.