Bilderberg Group 2013
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Bilderberg Group 2013

Bilderberg Group 2013

The Bilderberg Group has attracted intense speculation and interest since its formation in 1954. Its stated aims are to bring together leaders of government, industry, education and science from across the Western world to discuss, in secret, issues facing the world. The meetings are held strictly off-the-record so as to allow frank discussions without the intrusion and scrutiny of the media and to informally develop common positions of policy where possible.

Such meetings - perhaps inevitably - are seen by some as a conspiracy. On the left, it is held that Bilderberg meetings are primarily concerned with advancing capitalist and corporate concerns. Conversely, on the right it is often believed that the Bilderberg Group are effectively trying to impose a 'New World Order' that is broadly socialist and anti-democratic in nature. Despite the diametrically opposed nature of these beliefs, both versions of the conspiracy believe that the Bilderberg meetings are involved in undemocratic practises and are, in some way, used as a way to informally steer the economic and political direction of much of the world.

Writer Daniel Estulin - author of  The True Story of the Bilderberg Group summed up the Bilderberg group thus:

 “...a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders, where gracious royal chaperones ensure everyone gets along, and where the people running the wars, markets, and Europe (and America) say what they never dare say in public.”

British representatives who have attended Bilderberg include prime ministers from both main political parties - Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher among them. Perhaps more damningly for those who believe that corporate interests are overly represented at such meetings, the chairmen of both BP and Barclays Bank have attended on several occasions, as have heads of supranational technology companies such as Google and Microsoft.

Needless to say, it is easy enough to draw up any number of scenarios regarding control of power, resources, media influence and technology from such a list of luminaries. Some attendees have spoken about meetings and their importance in some world events. For example David Owen's speech about the Falklands in 1982 is said to have been influential in persuading several countries to impost sanctions on Argentina. As both Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron attended Bilderberg meetings before attaining power, it has also been suggested that the group can almost act as 'kingmakers' and thus direct national policy from afar.

Further theories - including those involving a cabal of shape-shifting reptilian aliens - are discussed in brief at the bottom of this article.

2013 Conference

In 2013, the conference is to be held at the Grove hotel in Watford between the 6th and 9th of June - the first time it has been held in Britain since 1998. Security around the meetings is intense. In 2009, Guardian journalist Charlie Skelton was arrested twice for taking photographs of vehicles arriving at the venue. Most Bilderberg meetings in recent years have been attended by protests of one kind or another - although security has never been breached. Plans for the Watford meeting involve a wide cordon around the hotel and the presence of private G4S guards. Local residents have been told to show their passports in order to be allowed to their homes.

2013 Agenda

The Agenda of the 2013 meeting includes a few relatively anodyne long term topics such as African growth, online education and medical research. For the conspiracy-minded, the stand-out topics would almost certainly be around cyber warfare, the seemingly-endless dilemmas of the Middle East and US foreign policy.
  • Can the US and Europe grow faster and create jobs?
  • Jobs, entitlement and debt
  • How big data is changing almost everything
  • Nationalism and populism
  • US foreign policy
  • Africa’s challenges
  • Cyber warfare and the proliferation of asymmetric threats
  • Major trends in medical research
  • Online education: promise and impacts
  • Politics of the European Union
  • Developments in the Middle East
  • Current affairs


For those who see something unholy in the idea of the Bilderberg group itself, there is perhaps little to allay fears that in some sense this is a shady meeting between oligarchs, technocrats and corporate leaders. Most notable are the heads of BP, Barclays Bank and BAE Systems - all of whom have been under intense scrutiny for the role their companies are alleged to have played in the recent development of the world.

The participants at Bilderberg are as follows:
  • Chairman: Henri de Castries
    Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
  • Paul M. Achleitner
    Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    Deutsche Bank AG
  • Josef Ackermann
    Chairman of the Board, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
  • Marcus Agius
    Former Chairman, Barclays plc
  • Helen Alexander
    Chairman, UBM plc
  • Roger C. Altman
    Executive Chairman, Evercore Partners
  • Matti Apunen
    Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
  • Susan Athey
    Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Asli Aydintasbas
    Columnist, Milliyet Newspaper
  • Ali Babacan
    Turkish Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Ed Balls
    Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Francisco Pinto Balsemão
    Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA
  • Nicolas Barré
    Managing Editor, Les Echos
  • José Manuel Barroso
    President, European Commission
  • Nicolas Baverez
    Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Olivier de Bavinchove
    Commander, Eurocorps
  • John Bell, Regius
    Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Franco Bernabè
    Chairman and CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
  • Jeff Bezos
    Founder and CEO,
  • Carl Bildt
    Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Anders Borg
    Swedish Minister for Finance
  • Jean François van Boxmeer
    CEO, Heineken
  • Svein Richard Brandtzæg
    President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Oscar Bronner
    Publisher, Der Standard Medienwelt
  • Peter Carrington
    Former Honorary Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
  • Juan Luis Cebrián
    Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
  • Edmund Clark
    President and CEO, TD Bank Group
  • Kenneth Clarke
    Cabinet Minister
  • Bjarne Corydon
    Danish Minister of Finance
  • Sherard Cowper-Coles
    Business Development Director, International, BAE Systems plc
  • Enrico Cucchiani
    CEO, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
  • Etienne Davignon
    Belgian Minister of State; Former Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
  • Ian Davis
    Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
  • Robbert H. Dijkgraaf
    Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Haluk Dinçer
    President, Retail and Insurance Group, Sabanci Holding A.S.
  • Robert Dudley
    Group Chief Executive, BP plc
  • Nicholas N. Eberstadt
    Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
  • Espen Barth Eide
    Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Börje Ekholm
    President and CEO, Investor AB
  • Thomas Enders
  • J. Michael Evans
    Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Ulrik Federspiel
    Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
  • Martin S.Feldstein
    Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
  • François Fillon
    Former French Prime Minister
  • Mark C. Fishman
    President, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Douglas J. Flint
    Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
  • Paul Gallagher
    Senior Counsel
  • Timothy F Geithner
    Former Secretary of the Treasury
  • Michael Gfoeller
    US Political Consultant
  • Donald E. Graham
    Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
  • Ulrich Grillo
    CEO, Grillo-Werke AG
  • Lilli Gruber
    Journalist - Anchorwoman, La 7 TV
  • Luis de Guindos
    Spanish Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
  • Stuart Gulliver
    Group Chief Executive, HSBC Holdings plc
  • Felix Gutzwiller
    Member of the Swiss Council of States
  • Victor Halberstadt
    Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
  • Olli Heinonen
    Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Simon Henry
    CFO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Paul Hermelin
    Chairman and CEO, Capgemini Group
  • Pablo Isla
    Chairman and CEO, Inditex Group
  • Kenneth M. Jacobs
    Chairman and CEO, Lazard
  • James A. Johnson
    Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
  • Thomas J. Jordan
    Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
  • Vernon E. Jordan
    Jr., Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
  • Robert D. Kaplan
    Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor
  • Alex Karp
    Founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
  • John Kerr
    Independent Member, House of Lords
  • Henry A. Kissinger
    Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
  • Klaus Kleinfeld
    Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
  • Klaas H.W. Knot
    President, De Nederlandsche Bank
  • Mustafa V Koç
    Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
  • Roland Koch
    CEO, Bilfinger SE
  • Henry R. Kravis
    Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Marie-Josée Kravis
    Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
  • André Kudelski
    Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
  • Ulysses Kyriacopoulos
    Chairman, S&B Industrial Minerals S.A.
  • Christine Lagarde
    Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • J. Kurt Lauk
    Chairman of the Economic Council to the CDU, Berlin
  • Lawrence Lessig
    Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School
  • Thomas Leysen
    Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
  • Christian Lindner
    Party Leader, Free Democratic Party (FDP NRW)
  • Stefan Löfven
    Party Leader, Social Democratic Party (SAP)
  • Peter Löscher
    President and CEO, Siemens AG
  • Peter Mandelson
    Chairman, Global Counsel; Chairman, Lazard International
  • Jessica T. Mathews
    President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Frank McKenna
    Chair, Brookfield Asset Management
  • John Micklethwait
    Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
  • Thierry de Montbrial
    President, French Institute for International Relations
  • Mario Monti
    Former Italian Prime Minister
  • Craig J. Mundie
    Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
  • Alberto Nagel
    CEO, Mediobanca
  • H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands
  • Andrew Y.Ng
    Co-Founder, Coursera
  • Jorma Ollila
    Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc
  • David Omand
    Visiting Professor, King's College London
  • George Osborne
    Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Emanuele Ottolenghi
    Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Soli Özel
    Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has University; Columnist, Habertürk Newspaper
  • Alexis Papahelas
    Executive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper
  • Safak Pavey
    Turkish MP
  • Valérie Pécresse
    French MP
  • Richard N. Perle
    Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • David H. Petraeus
    General, U.S. Army (Retired)
  • Paulo Portas
    Portugal Minister of State and Foreign Affairs
  • J. Robert S Prichard
    Chair, Torys LLP
  • Viviane Reding
    Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
  • Heather M. Reisman
    CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
  • Hélène Rey
    Professor of Economics, London Business School
  • Simon Robertson
    Partner, Robertson Robey Associates LLP; Deputy Chairman, HSBC Holdings
  • Gianfelice Rocca
    Chairman,Techint Group
  • Jacek Rostowski
    Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister
  • Robert E. Rubin
    Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
  • Mark Rutte
    Dutch Prime Minister
  • Andreas Schieder
    Austrian State Secretary of Finance
  • Eric E. Schmidt
    Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
  • Rudolf Scholten
    Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
  • António José Seguro
    Secretary General, Portuguese Socialist Party
  • Jean-Dominique Senard
    CEO, Michelin Group
  • Kristin Skogen Lund
    Director General, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Peter D. Sutherland
    Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
  • Martin Taylor
    Former Chairman, Syngenta AG
  • Tidjane Thiam
    Group CEO, Prudential plc
  • Peter A. Thiel
    President, Thiel Capital
  • Craig B. Thompson
    President and CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Jakob Haldor Topsøe
    Partner, AMBROX Capital A/S
  • Jutta Urpilainen
    Finnish Minister of Finance
  • Daniel L. Vasella
    Honorary Chairman, Novartis AG
  • Peter R. Voser
    CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Brad Wall
    Premier of Saskatchewan Province, Canada
  • Jacob Wallenberg
    Chairman, Investor AB
  • Kevin Warsh
    Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Galen G.Weston
    Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Baroness Williams of Crosby
    Member, House of Lords
  • Martin H. Wolf
    Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
  • James D. Wolfensohn
    Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
  • David Wright
    Vice Chairman, Barclays plc
  • Robert B. Zoellick
    Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Trans-humans and Reptilians

Among the outré theories about the Bilderberg group are those espoused by the likes of David Icke and Alex Jones. By their lights, the roll-call of luminaries represents variously a power-grab by an unelected, self-declared elite or actually representatives of a reptilian alien race. Icke holds that the alien race's agenda involves the subjugation of the human race by a species from beyond our planet. At the heart of this theory lies the belief that influential dynasties such as the British royal family and the Rockefellers of America are actually shape-shifting aliens who partake in ritual human sacrifices at meetings such as Bilderberg. According to some, these reptilians have been recognised in human culture for many centuries and were known as the Annunaki in Mesopotamian legend.

Ill-equipped to outline the welter of interlocking theories in full, I recommend you visit David Icke's website to discover for yourself how the reptilian plans to supplant humanity are developing. Perhaps the section of the site devoted to the reptilians is the best starting point for those unfamiliar with the subject.

See also: conspiracy theories

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