A person who has acquired sufficient wealth from trading to wield political influence.
- The Jacobsens were an industrial dynasty, and had the intense - and also tense - relations between the generations for which nineteenth-century merchant princes and their offspring were notorious.
- Stefan, whose late father founded the company, looks and talks more like a financier than a merchant prince.
- The Martin factor has changed the dynamic in Cork South-Central and the merchant princes have been deposed as the dominant force on the southside of the city.
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