Antonie Knoppers

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Died16 December 2003 (Age 88)
Manhattan, New York, USA
NationalityDutch, United States
Alma materUniversity of Leiden, University of Amsterdam
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Historical Members
Merck executive who attended the 1967 and 1970 Bilderbergs.

Employment.png Merck/CEO

In office
1971 - 1975

Dr Antonie T. Knoppers was an executive in the pharma company Merck who attended the Bilderberg.


A native of the Netherlands, he received his medical degree in 1939 from the University of Amsterdam and a doctorate in pharmacology in 1941 from the University of Leiden.[1]


He was Professor of Pharmacology at the Free University of Amsterdam. Knoppers became a citizen of the United States in 1958. Knoppers joined Merck and Co. in 1952 and held various positions in the International Division of Merck Sharp and Dohme, becoming President of the Division in 1957, elected a member of the Board of Directors of Merck in 1970, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Merck in 1971 until his retirement.

He was Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Salzburg Seminar, and as a Director on the Boards of Hewlett Packard, Scott Paper Co., Humana, Ahold, Centocor, Agouron, and the Salk Institute.[1]

Knoppers was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Club, Baltusrol Club, and the Metropolitan Opera Club, proudly serving as President of the Opera Club 1987-1988.

He was a director in the International Management and Development Institute.[2]

He died aged 88.[1]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/196731 March 19672 April 1967St John's College (Cambridge)
Possibly the only Bilderberg meeting held in a university college rather than a hotel (St. John's College, Cambridge)
Bilderberg/197017 April 197019 April 1970Switzerland
Hotel Quellenhof
Bad Ragaz
the 19th Bilderberg meeting, in Switzerland.