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Illustration:Liberty Leading the People (1831, detail) by Eugène Delacroix.

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The upper class in modern societies is the social class composed of the wealthiest members of society, who also wield the greatest political power. The upper class is generally contained within the wealthiest 1-2% of the population, and is distinguished by immense wealth (in the form of estates) which is passed on from generation to generation.

The term is often used in conjunction with the terms "middle class" and "working class" as part of a tripartite model of social stratification.

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