I'm looking for an informal term to describe investment bankers, big law corporate lawyers, high-end consultants, and the like. The closest I can come up with is "yuppie", but that's no good because 1) it refers only to young people, and 2) it's somewhat dated.

Example: They met at a ritzy lounge frequented by [word]s.

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    Is “The 1%” too high? – Jim Mar 28 '19 at 4:01
  • This is exactly what came to my mind first. @tyler, are you thinking of the super-rich? Or is that secondary to your question? (Would somebody who won the lottery count?) – Jason Bassford Mar 28 '19 at 6:15

There is no word specifically limiting to those categories.

You could call them corporate elite. Or just prefix any word with corporate in front.

  • Unfortunately I think you're right – Tyler Mar 31 '19 at 1:39

In some contexts, the bourgeoisie can mean the rich and wealthy who have power over poor people.

  • Not bad, but in my mind the bourgeoisie would also include artists, journalists, doctors, and generally a wider array of people than the corporate finance kind I'm thinking of – Tyler Mar 28 '19 at 4:06
  • Affluent? They met at a ritzy lounge frequented by the affluent. – W.E. Mar 28 '19 at 4:07

I would call them 'elite'.



1treated as singular or plural  A select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society.



Although, you have requested for noun. I'd suggest an adjective Eminent.

According to Oxford Dictionary

(of a person) famous and respected within a particular sphere.

Your Example: They met at a ritzy lounge frequented by Eminent people.

I will also request you to check all the example sentences provided on Oxford Dictionary. Few of them are as follows:

1 . "It was also patronized by eminent scientists, corporates and intellectuals."

Here, patronized can be used as follows:

Frequent (a shop, restaurant, or other establishment) as a customer.

"restaurants and bars regularly patronized by the stars were often crowded with paparazzi."

2 . "To find answers this programme gathered together a group of eminent people from a variety of backgrounds."

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