Who’s Who In the Battle for Trump’s Team

From billionaires to GOP insiders, a guide to the new ruling elite.

From left: Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff-elect, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, and Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, dine at Jean Georges Restaurant in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

Photographer: John Angelillo/Pool via Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was a shock to nearly everyone. But looking back, perhaps it shouldn’t have been. Clinton’s vulnerabilities were always evident; so, too, where those of Washington’s Republican establishment, even as the party chairman, Reince Priebus, tried to strengthen and modernize the party. The strategy Trump employed to fell Clinton was no secret either: Steve Bannon, Trump’s Machiavelli, laid it out publicly and at great length more than a year ago. What truly was surprising was the sophistication of some parts of Trump’s campaign operation, which was widely (and mistakenly) believed to encompass little more than Trump’s Twitter feed. But in fact, backed by powerful Wall Street cronies and staffed by a motley team of data scientists, Trump’s campaign was always searching for the millions of disaffected voters most pollsters didn’t see, the ones Trump insisted would materialize to support him. And come Election Day, they did. From the inception of Bannon’s anti-Clinton strategy to the morning-after revelations from Trump’s victorious campaign team, here are the Bloomberg stories that tell the tale of the most unlikely presidential election in U.S. history. 

Photographer: Jeremy Liebman for Bloomberg Businessweek

This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America

Chief strategist: Donald Trump picked former Breitbart news chief and campaign executive Steve Bannon for a role as chief strategist.
By Joshua Green
October 8, 2015

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What Kind of Man Spends Millions to Elect Ted Cruz?

Big donor: Robert Mercer is one of the wealthiest, most secretive, influential, and reactionary Republicans in the country.
By Zachary Mider
January 20, 2016

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Photographer: Finlay MacKay for Bloomberg Businessweek

Trump’s Top Fundraiser Eyes the Deal of a Lifetime

Treasury secretary: Steven Mnuchin has been tapped to be the new Treasury secretary, but his Wall Street pedigree makes him the type Donald Trump fans love to hate.
By Max Abelson and Zachary Mider
August 31, 2016

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Photographer: Brian Finke for Bloomberg Businessweek

How to Get Trump Elected When He's Wrecking Everything You Built

Chief-of-staff: A day in the life of Reince Priebus, reluctant GOP peacemaker.
By Joshua Green
May 26, 2016

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Photographer: Alex Welsh for Bloomberg Businessweek

Inside the Trump Bunker, With Days to Go

Win or lose, the Republican candidate and his inner circle have built a direct marketing operation that could power a TV network—or finish off the GOP.
By Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg
October 27, 2016

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Photographer: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The 20 Percent World

By John Micklethwait
January 3, 2016

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Updated graphic to include Ben Carson’s nomination.