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Randlord, noun

Origin:
South African English, EnglishShow more South African English Rand (see rand sense 2 a) + English lord, after landlord; coined by the British press.
often derogatory
1. In historical contexts. A Johannesburg-based mining magnate or tycoon of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also attributive. See also rand sense 2.
[1904 Daily Chron. (U.K.) 21 Mar. 5The Randlords’ proposal really drives the British workman out of the Transvaal.]
1990 K. Owen in Sunday Times 3 Mar. 21The top public servants, who live like Randlords (Pretoria-style: two Alsatians, a broodboom and a heart by-pass).
2. transferred sense. Any wealthy or powerful Johannesburg person, especially one linked with the mining-houses.
1975 E. Prov. Herald 18 Nov. 13What evidence does he have for the claim that ‘Randlords’ are supporting Saan financially as a mouthpiece for the Progressive Reform Party?
1991 Weekly Mail 20 Dec. 32Randlord...Julian Ogilvie-Thompson, known as ‘Jot’ succeeded Gavin Relly as head of Anglo American.
A Johannesburg-based mining magnate or tycoon of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also attributive.
Any wealthy or powerful Johannesburg person, especially one linked with the mining-houses.

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