Magazine January 22, 2018, Issue

A Family in History

The strange odyssey of the Browders

Ten years ago, I met Bill Browder, soon to be world-famous as a truth-telling foe of the Putin regime. “Any relation?” I asked him. He said, “To Earl Browder?” I thought this was puzzling. Who else could I have meant? Anyway, Bill was indeed the grandson of Earl Browder. “My grandfather was the biggest Communist in America,” he said, “and I became the biggest capitalist in Russia.”

Earl Browder was head of the American Communist party in the 1930s and ’40s; Bill Browder created his hedge fund, Hermitage, in 1996. The Kremlin turned on him hard in 2005, declaring him persona

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