I have a confession. When I started this business no wealthy elite attempted to stop me, or has since. How can we explain this?
Seriously, if you understand anything, understand that the really big fish are effectively REMOVED from the small ponds of market opportunity that most of you, and me, can fish in.
Read any investor about how a very large investment firm can't participate in really small markets, it is economically not feasible.
This leaves them open to smaller investors (you and me). Not only is there no evidence anyone controls anything the way you guys are suggesting, basic economic reality is that aside from them not controlling it, they are actually PREVENTED from participating in the faster growth markets (up to mid-large cap)
A fidelity mutual fund can't invest $100M in a company that is only worth $30M. But you can. Trump can't try to compete in very small real estate projects (unless it's high profile for the celebrity he so dearly loves), it's too costly to do 5 tiny projects, far more economical to do one large one instead.
And once you get your millions, guess what...you can now move up to the next tier of investment. And so forth. Or skip all the way to the top like the facebook kid, whatever.