To belong to the capitalist class by virtue of ownership of capital,
one must simply possess adequate wealth; that is the only requirement for
membership in that sense. To belong to the capitalist class in its
aspect as the direct organizer and manager of a capitalist enterprise is
another matter. Here, a process of selection goes on having to do
with such qualities as aggressiveness and ruthlessness, organizational
proficiency and drive, technical insight, and especially marketing talent.
Thus while the managerial stratum continues to be drawn from among those
endowed with capital, family, connections, and other ties within the network
of the class as a whole, it is not closed to some who may rise from other
social classes, not through the acquisition of wealth on their part but
through the co-optation of their talent on the part of the capitalist organization
which they serve. In this case the ownership of capital later follows
from the managerial positions, rather than the other way around (180).