Bilderberg GroupORGANIZATION

Founded in 1954, the Bilderberg Group holds “by invitation only” annual meetings of the rich and powerful. About two-thirds of the attendees are European, the rest American. Informally named for the site of the group’s first meeting, the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.

Founding Date:
1954

Name Occupation Birth Death Known for
Josef Ackermann
Business
7-Feb-1948   CEO of Deutsche Bank
Umberto Agnelli
Business
1-Nov-1934 27-May-2004 Chairman of Fiat, 2003-04
Fouad Ajami
Author
9-Sep-1945   Director of Middle East Studies, SAIS
Keith B. Alexander
Military
1952   Director, National Security Agency
Paul Allaire
Business
21-Jul-1938   Twice CEO of Xerox
Graham T. Allison
Scholar
23-Mar-1940   Kennedy School of Government
Joaquin Almunia
Politician
17-Jun-1948   EU Economic Affairs Commissioner
Roger C. Altman
Business
c. 1945   CEO of Evercore Partners
Ed Balls
Politician
25-Feb-1967   British MP, Normanton
Robert L. Bartley
Editor
12-Oct-1937 10-Dec-2003 Editor of the Wall Street Journal, 1979-2003
Evan Bayh
Politician
26-Dec-1955   US Senator from Indiana, 1999-2011
Queen Beatrix I
Royalty
31-Jan-1938   Queen of the Netherlands
Ben Bernanke
Economist
13-Dec-1953   Federal Reserve Chairman
Prince Bernhard
Royalty
29-Jun-1911 1-Dec-2004 Prince of the Netherlands
Carl Bildt
Head of State
15-Jul-1949   Foreign Minister of Sweden
Conrad Black
Business
25-Aug-1944   Rapacious newspaper mogul
Charles G. Boyd
Military
15-Apr-1938   Retired General, US Air Force
John Browne
Business
20-Feb-1948   CEO of British Petroleum, 1995-2007
John H. Bryan
Business
5-Oct-1936   CEO of Sara Lee, 1975-2000
William F. Buckley
Columnist
24-Nov-1925 27-Feb-2008 National Review
William Bundy
Government
24-Sep-1917 6-Oct-2000 Cold War advisor to JFK, LBJ
Peter Carington
Government
6-Jun-1919   UK Foreign Secretary, 1979-82
Henri de Castries
Business
c. 1954   CEO of AXA
Ahmed Chalabi
Government
30-Oct-1944   Prominent on the Iraqi Provisional Council
Raymond Chrétien
Diplomat
20-May-1942   Canadian Ambassador to the US, 1995-2000
W. Edmund Clark
Business
c. 1947   CEO of Toronto Dominion Bank
Kenneth Clarke
Politician
2-Jul-1940   Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1993-97
Bill Clinton
Head of State
19-Aug-1946   42nd US President, 1993-2001
Marshall A. Cohen
Business
c. 1935   CEO of Molson, 1988-96
Timothy C. Collins
Business
c. 1956   Private equity, Ripplewood Holdings
Bertrand P. Collomb
Business
c. 1943   CEO of Lafarge SA, 1987-2003
Jon Corzine
Politician
1-Jan-1947   Governor of New Jersey, 2006-10
Chester A. Crocker
Government
29-Oct-1941   Asst. Secy. State, African Affairs, 1981-89
Claes Dahlbäck
Business
c. 1948   CEO of Investor AB, 1978-99
Tom Daschle
Politician
9-Dec-1947   US Senator from South Dakota, 1987-2005
Paul G. Desmarais, Jr.
Business
3-Jul-1954   Co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada
John Deutch
Government
27-Jul-1938   CIA Director, 1995-96
Chris Dodd
Politician
27-May-1944   US Senator from Connecticut, 1981-2011
Thomas E. Donilon
Government
c. 1955   US National Security Advisor
Esther Dyson
Business
14-Jul-1951   EDventure Holdings, former ICANN director
Murray Edwards
Business
c. 1959   Canadian Natural Resources
Martha J. Farah
Psychologist
c. 1955   Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, UPenn
Dianne Feinstein
Politician
22-Jun-1933   US Senator from California
Martin Feldstein
Economist
25-Nov-1939   Reagan economist
Anthony S. Fell
Business
c. 1941   Chairman, RBC Capital Markets
Harold Ford
Politician
11-May-1970   Congressman from Tennessee, 1997-2007
Stephen Friedman
Business
21-Dec-1937   Former Partner, Goldman Sachs
Thomas Friedman
Journalist
20-Jul-1953   New York Times
Melinda Gates
Philanthropist
15-Aug-1964   Married to Bill Gates
Timothy F. Geithner
Government
18-Aug-1961   US Secretary of the Treasury
David Gergen
Columnist
9-May-1942   Advisor to Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton
Paul Gigot
Columnist
1955   Wall Street Journal columnist
Donald E. Graham
Journalist
22-Apr-1945   CEO of Washington Post
Katharine Graham
Publisher
16-Jun-1917 17-Jul-2001 Washington Post publisher, 1966-79
Richard Haass
Government
28-Jul-1951   President, Council on Foreign Relations
Chuck Hagel
Politician
4-Oct-1946   US Senator from Nebraska, 1997-2009
Richard C. Holbrooke
Diplomat
24-Apr-1941 13-Dec-2010 US Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Allan Hubbard
Economist
8-Sep-1947   George W. Bush economist
Kenneth Jacobs
Business
c. 1958   CEO of Lazard North America
Merit E. Janow
Educator
13-May-1958   Professor of Int’l Affairs, Columbia University
Peter Jennings
Journalist
29-Jul-1938 7-Aug-2005 Former anchor, ABC World News Tonight
James A. Johnson
Business
24-Dec-1943   CEO of Fannie Mae, 1991-98
J. Bennett Johnston
Politician
10-Jun-1932   US Senator from Louisiana, 1972-97
Vernon Jordan
Business
15-Aug-1935   Advisor to Bill Clinton
Muhtar Kent
Business
c. 1952   CEO of Coca-Cola
Henry Kissinger
Government
27-May-1923   US Secretary of State, 1973-77
Klaus Kleinfeld
Business
6-Nov-1957   President and COO of Alcoa
Andrew S. B. Knight
Journalist
1-Nov-1939   Editor of The Economist, 1974-86
Henry Kravis
Business
6-Jan-1944   Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Marie-Josée Kravis
Economist
11-Sep-1949   President of MoMA
Bill Kristol
Columnist
23-Dec-1952   Editor of The Weekly Standard
Neelie Kroes
Government
19-Jul-1941   EU Commissioner of Competition
Jan Leschly
Business
?   CEO of SmithKline Beecham, 1994-2000
William J. Luti
Military
c. 1952   NSC Defense Policy Adviser
Peter Mandelson
Politician
21-Oct-1953   EU Commissioner for Trade
Jessica Tuchman Mathews
Government
1946   Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Charles Mathias
Politician
24-Jul-1922 25-Jan-2010 US Senator from Maryland, 1969-87
Charlie McCreevy
Politician
30-Sep-1948   EU Commissioner, Internal Market and Services
William J. McDonough
Business
c. 1934   President of New York Fed, 1993-2003
Frank J. McKenna
Politician
19-Jan-1948   Canadian Ambassador to the US, 2005-06
Tom McKillop
Business
19-Mar-1943   Chairman, Royal Bank of Scotland
George J. Mitchell
Politician
20-Aug-1933   US Senator from Maine, 1980-95
Bill Moyers
Journalist
6-Jun-1934   NOW with Bill Moyers
Craig Mundie
Business
c. 1949   CTO of Microsoft
George Pataki
Politician
24-Jun-1945   Governor of New York, 1995-2006
Henry M. Paulson
Business
28-Mar-1946   US Secretary of the Treasury, 2006-09
Frank H. Pearl
Business
27-May-1943 4-May-2012 CEO of Perseus LLC
Richard Perle
Government
16-Sep-1941   Prince of Darkness
Rick Perry
Politician
4-Mar-1950   Governor of Texas
Fredrik Reinfeldt
Head of State
4-Aug-1965   Prime Minister of Sweden
Bill Richardson
Politician
15-Nov-1947   Governor of New Mexico, 2003-11
Rozanne L. Ridgway
Diplomat
22-Aug-1935   Asst. Secy. of State for Europe, 1985-89
Don Riegle
Politician
4-Feb-1938   US Senator from Michigan, 1976-95
David Rockefeller
Business
12-Jun-1915   Founder of the Trilateral Commission
Charlie Rose
Talk Show Host
5-Jan-1942   Charlie Rose Show
Dennis B. Ross
Diplomat
c. 1949   US Middle East Envoy, 1992-2000
Lynn Forester de Rothschild
Business
2-Jul-1954   Telecom executive
Barnett R. Rubin
Educator
c. 1950   The Fragmentation of Afghanistan
Mark Sanford
Politician
28-May-1960   Governor of South Carolina, 2003-11
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Politician
3-Apr-1948   NATO Secretary General, 2004-09
Eric Schmidt
Business
27-Apr-1955   CEO of Google, 2001-11
Robert W. Scully
Business
c. 1950   Morgan Stanley Asset Management
Kathleen Sebelius
Politician
15-May-1948   US Secretary of HHS
John Shad
Government
27-Jun-1923 Jul-1994 SEC Chairman, 1981-87
Robert B. Shapiro
Business
4-Aug-1938   CEO of Monsanto, 1995-2000
George Shultz
Government
13-Dec-1920   US Secretary of State, 1982-89
George Soros
Business
12-Aug-1930   Financial speculator
Lesley Stahl
Journalist
16-Dec-1941   60 Minutes
James B. Steinberg
Government
7-May-1953   Deputy Secretary of State
Dennis Stevenson
Business
19-Jul-1945   Chairman of HBOS
Lawrence H. Summers
Economist
30-Nov-1954   US Treasury Secretary, 1999-2001
Peter Sutherland
Government
25-Apr-1946   First Director General of the WTO
Peter Thiel
Business
11-Oct-1967   Co-Founder of PayPal
Jean-Claude Trichet
Business
20-Dec-1942   President, European Central Bank
Sanam Vakil
Educator
?   Mideast Scholar, SAIS
John Vinocur
Journalist
?   International Herald Tribune correspondent
Vin Weber
Politician
24-Jul-1952   Congressman from Minnesota, 1981-93
John C. Whitehead
Business
2-Apr-1922   US Deputy Secretary of State, 1985-89
Christine Todd Whitman
Government
26-Sep-1946   GWB’s first head of EPA
Michael H. Wilson
Politician
4-Nov-1937   Canadian Ambassador to the US
James Wolfensohn
Business
1-Dec-1933   World Bank president, 1995-2005
Paul Wolfowitz
Government
22-Dec-1943   President of the World Bank, 2005-07
Daniel Yergin
Author
6-Feb-1947   The Prize
Fareed Zakaria
Journalist
20-Jan-1965   Time columnist
Philip Zelikow
Government
21-Sep-1954   9-11 Commission executive director
Robert Zoellick
Government
25-Jul-1953   World Bank president, 2007-12

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