The Investor Class soared during the '90s boom when everybody from dot-com millionaires to cabbies in turbans was talking about their stocks. But even since the bust, its numbers continue to cut across income and education lines.
Republicans see opportunity in this growing bloc. "With $5,000 in stock, you become 18% more Republican," declares Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. No wonder President Bush has begun to roll out an Ownership Society agenda.
The very diversity that marks the Investor Class makes it hard to generalize about its political leanings. But these five investors in many ways typify the segments they represent. By Richard S. Dunham in Washington and Ann Therese Palmer in Chicago