The Bilderberg group is a secretive elite club of around 120-140 powerful, influential people who meet every year. It is not known what they discuss at these meetings, which has naturally lead to conspiracy theories about the group.
Some believe that the Bilderbergs are a real-life Illuminati and are conspiring to impose a world government.
One of the founders of the Bilderberg group was a man named Jozef Retinger, a Polish political adviser, who was concerned about Anti-Americanism in Western Europe. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands agreed to help Retinger. Former Belgian Prime Minister Paul Van Zeeland joined in too. Bernhard contacted former head of the CIA Walter Bedell Smith who asked Charles Douglas Jackson, special assistant to President Eisenhower, to deal with it all. The guest list was then made up, consisting of two attendees from each nation.
The first conference was held in May 1954, at Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterberk, Netherlands. The now hold annual conferences across Europe and America.
The following is a list of people that have been known to go to at least one conference.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh
King Phillipe of Belgium
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Queen Sofia of Spain
Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
Gordon Richardson, former Governor of the Bank of England
David Rockefeller Sr, Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank
Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve
Wim Duisenberg, former European Central Bank President
Takis Arapoglou, former Chairman and CEO of National Bank of Greece
Clark, Edmund, President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group
Marcus Agius, Chairman of Barclays
Lord Browne of Madingley, Chief Executive of BP
Peter Sutherland, former Chairman of BP
Martin Taylor, former CEO of Barclays
Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com
Timothy C. Collins, CEO of Ripplewood Holdings
Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft
H. J. Heinz II, CEO of H. J. Heinz Company
Chris Hughes, Co-founder of Facebook
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. CEO of IBM
Donald E. Graham), CEO and Chairman of The Washington Post Company, Board of Directors for -Facebook
Henry Kravis, Co-founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Eric Schmidt, CEO and Chairman of Google
In 2001, a Bilderberg group founder named Denis Healey spoke out about the group, saying: "To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn't go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing."
Henry Kissinger, a member of the Bilderbergs, apparently said on May 21st, 1992 at the Bilderberg meeting in France: “"Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government." Which is curious, to say in the least.
Many have tried to infiltrate the Bilderbergs. Jim Tucker, an American journalist, spent 30 years investigating the group and wrote the book Jim Tucker's Bilderberg Diary. Notable conspiracy theorists David Icke, Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura have all spoken of the Bilderbergs; they were also the subject of an episode of Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura. It should be noted, however, that whilst Ventura may say he is a conspiracy theorist, his TV show is ridiculous.