Pajek datasets

They Rule 2004

Dataset   TheyRule


TheyRule.paj - 2-mode network Directors(6911) X Companies(517)
TheyRuleShort.nam - Short names
TheyRuleR.paj - TheyRule network with 'missing' units removed; Directors(4657) X Companies(510).


complete dataset (ZIP, 310K)


The They Rule 2004 network, collected by Amy Balkin and Josh On, is/was available at

Josh wrote:

They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its focus the boards of some of the most powerful U.S. companies, which share many of the same directors. Some individuals sit on 5, 6 or 7 of the top 500 companies. It allows users to browse through these interlocking directories and run searches on the boards and companies. A user can save a map of connections complete with their annotations and email links to these maps to others. They Rule is a starting point for research about these powerful individuals and corporations.

I have put up the they rule database for people to download. Perhaps someone can make an interface to keep this up to date in some sort of collaborative fashion. Please let me know if you do something with this data. It is probably best that you put a disclaimer on the data - as it will have some errors in there and it will date. Amy Balkin and I collated it earlier in 2004 from the top 500 US corporate websites - and we have included the URLs of the pages on which we found the info. This should make it easier for people to keep up to date. If someone does keep it up to date - please let us plug in a they rule front end into your dataset! Presently, it is in SQL format, and I think the structure needs some work. It might make more sense to break out the connections between the directors and the companies (and institutions) into a seperate connections table. Here it is: theyrule2004.sql.
Copyright: Use it as you will, no need to credit us, though we wouldn't object! Let us know what you do with it:

Some notes

In the network the vertices are numbered as follows: directors - as in original data; companies - 6911 + original number; institutions - 7411 + original number. The partition Types.clu has the following clusters: 0 - missing; 1 - female; 2 - male; 3 - company; 4 - institution.

The file contains a program in Python used to transform the original data into almost Pajek format. The file TheyRule2004.sql contains original data with ', ' inside strings replaced with ','.

The file TheyRuleR.paj contains the reduced version of the network in which the 'missing' vertices are removed. The file Directors.clu contains the f/m partition; and Companies.clu contains the comp/inst partition.


  1. Transformed into Pajek format by V. Batagelj, 21. November 2004.


  1. Josh On: About They Rule 2004

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