Annual Bilderberg Conference Draws Out Global Elite

François Baroin

François Baroin IMG: via Reuters.

Earlier this month, the annual Bilderberg conference wrapped up in Copenhagen, its tight-lipped members leaving Denmark just as discreetly as they arrived. Founded in 1954, the Bilderberg Group is a notoriously secretive assemblage of leaders in finance, politics, media, and academics from Europe and North America. Each year, the group holds an exclusively media-free conference, in which the general public can only begin to try to postulate what Bilderberg members might be discussing. If you think it sounds like the kind of powerful underground organization that could fit right into a spy movie, you definitely aren’t alone.

What little information was leaked about the secretive four-day world affairs conference revealed that the group discussed the future of global politics and economics, as well as the future of democracy. The conference is not designed as a platform to make decisions about global politics and affairs, however; rather it’s an opportunity for some of the biggest names in finance, politics and various industries to converse world affairs in an open forum.

Kenneth Jacobs

Kenneth Jacobs IMG: via Alanfil.

Explains Renee Lewis for Aljazeera America “The group’s annual meetings – which explicitly ban media coverage – have inspired conspiracy theories about the motives that bring together some of the richest and most powerful people in the world.” Indeed, the Bilderberg Conference is an event that has sparked public interest for decades.

Prominent members of the Bilderberg Group include Belgium’s Minister of State Etienne Davignon, Francois Baroin, a member of the French Parliament, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, The Economist’s Editor-In-Chief John Micklethwait, Kenneth Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Lazard, former NSA Director Keith B. Alexander, Microsoft’s Craig J. Senior, and more than one hundred others. Countries with Bilderberg Conference delegates in attendance included Austria, Greece, Belgium, the United States, Canada, China Italy, Germany, and many other European countries.

Learn more about this secretive super-group by visiting www.bilderbergmeetings.org.

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