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The 1973 Bilderberg Report
Date 11 May 1973 - 13 May 1973
Location Saltsjobaden,  Sweden
Participants H.R.H. The Prince of the Netherlands,  Ernst H. van der Beugel,  Joseph E. Johnson,  C. Frits Karsten,  Giovanni Agnelli,  Robert O. Anderson,  George W. Ball,  Wilfrid S. Baumgartner,  Frederic Bennett,  Selahattin Beyazit,  M. Nuri Birgi,  Erling Bjøl,  Anders Bjorgerd,  Marcel Boiteux,  Birgit Breuel,  Zbigniew Brzezinski,  William P. Bundy,  Gian Cittadini Cesi,  Emilio G. Collado,  Arthur H. Dean,  Eric Drake,  Roberto Ducci,  Raffaele Girotti,  Rene Granier de Lilliac,  Denis Greenhill,  Anthony G. S. Griffin,  Niels J. Haagerup,  Geir Hallgrimsson,  Denis Healey,  Henry J. Heinz II,  Leif Høegh,  Jozef Houthuys,  Daniel E. Janssen,  Otto Kersten,  Max Kohnstamm,  Lewis H. Lapham Jr.,  Sakari Lehto,  Jonkheer Emile van Lennep,  Walter J. Levy,  Finn Lied,  Siro Lombardini,  Joseph Luns,  Peter Lougheed,  Donald S. Macdonald,  Reginald Maudling,  Cesare Merlini,  Erich Mettler,  Bill D. Moyers,  John Newhouse,  David Owen,  Olof Palme,  James A. Perkins,  Frits J. Philips,  Albert E. Ritchie,  Eric Roll,  Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild,  Samuel Rozemond,  Helmut Schmidt,  Roger Seydoux de Clausonne,  John M. Simon,  Gerard C. Smith,  Baron Snoy et d'Oppuers,  Theo Sommer,  Fernand Spaak,  Paul Stehlin,  Ugo Stille,  Thorvald Stoltenberg,  Shepard Stone,  Gunnar Strang,  Richard Taverne,  Terkel M. Terkelsen,  Otto G. Tidemand,  Berend J. Udink,  Victor H. Umbricht,  Gerrit A. Wagner,  Marcus Wallenberg,  Krister Wickman,  Carroll L. Wilson,  Hans-Jürgen Wischnewski,  Otto Wolff von Amerongen
Witnessed by Nils Svensson,  Hugo Lindgren,  Edwin Vernede,  Charles W. Getchell Jr
Description The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
The Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden

The 1973 Bilderberg Meeting was the 22nd such meeting and had 80 participants from European countries, the United States, Canada and "various international organisations".[1] It was held at Saltsjobaden, Sweden.


Among the 1973 participants were the CEOs of Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum (BP), Total S.A., ENI, Exxon, as well as significant banking interests and individuals such as Baron Edmond de Rothschild and David Rockefeller.

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Henry Kissinger

The presence or absence of Henry Kissinger, then US Secretary of State, in Saltsjöbaden has been a matter of some confusion, and is of importance as regards the claim that the 1973 Oil Shock was planned at the meeting. His name is on a memorandum from the Bilderberg’s US Secretariat containing the United States’ proposed list of guests,[2] but he decided not to attend,[2] and is not on the official guest list,[1]. William Engdahl has been inconsistent in his claims on this point.[2] Authors including Andrew Gavin Marshall have cited Engdahl on this point, apparently unaware that he is mistaken.[3]


1. The Possibilities of the Development of a European Energy Policy and the Consequences for European-North American Relations

The paper noted "the continued requests for price increases from Middle East producing countries, accelerated by the devaluation of the dollar."[1]

Ensuing discussion

The discussion is reported as follows:[1]

  1. Nature and Scale of the Energy Problem
  2. What Can Be Done about the Supply Situation?
    1. The geopolitical background in the Middle East
    2. Negotiations with the producing countries
    3. Transforming our relations with the Arab states
    4. Sharing available supplies
    5. Alternative sources and forms of energy
  3. What Can Be Done about the Demand Situation?
    1. The validity of consumption forecasts
    2. Economic, political and social aspects of demand reduction
    3. Avenues towards better fuel economy
  4. The Monetary Impact of the Oil Crisis

2. Conflicting Expectations Concerning the European Security Conference

This topic had two working papers, one by a Norwegian, one by an American.

The American working paper noted "The continued requests for price increases from Middle East producing countries, accelerated by the devaluation of the dollar. The international oil companies might wage a rear-guard action, but in the end they would yield rather than risk interruption of supplies. They believed it was up to the economies of the consuming countries to absorb these price increases."[1]


Five months after the meeting, the Yom Kippur War brought extensive rises in the price of oil, triggering the 1973 Oil crisis‎. Various commentators have suggested that this may not have been a coincidence. Sheikh Yamani has stated that he "is 100% sure that the Americans were behind the increase in the price of oil" in 1973.[4]


Events carried out

"1973 Oil crisis"October 1973 - March 1974A huge rise in the price of oil, very probably created by attendees of the 1973 Bilderberg.
Yom Kippur War6 October 1973 - 25 October 1973A Bilderberg approved war in the Middle East to provide probable cause to increased the oil price, allowing US oil companies to cash in big time.


Gianni AgnelliAttended the Bilderberg 37 times.
Otto Wolff von AmerongenBilderberg Advisory Committee member, deep politician
Robert O. Anderson
George BallRegular Bilderberg attendee.
Wilfrid Baumgartner
Frederic Bennett
Prince BernhardArms dealer.
Ernst van der Beugel
Selahattin Beyazit
Nuri Birgi
Anders Bjorgerd
Erling Bjøl
Marcel Boiteux
Birgit Breuel
Zbigniew Brzezinski
William Bundy
Gian Cittadini-Cesi
Roger Seydoux de Clausonne
Emilio Collado
Arthur Dean
Eric Drake
Roberto Ducci6 times Bilderberg visitor
Raffaele Girotti
Denis Greenhill
Anthony GriffinAnthony Griffin was an almost unknown member of the Bilderberg Advisory Committee.
Niels Haagerup
Geir Hallgrímsson
Denis Healey
Jozef Houthuys
Leif Höegh
H. John Heinz II
Daniel Janssen
Joseph E. Johnson
C. Frits Karsten
Otto Kersten
Max Kohnstamm
Lewis Lapham
Sakari Lehto
Emile van Lennep
Walter Levy
Finn Lied
Rene Granier de Lilliac
Siro Lombardini
Peter Lougheed
Joseph LunsEx Secretary General of NATO, Regular Bilderberger
Reginald Maudling
Cesare Merlini
Erich Mettler
Bill Moyers
John Newhouse
... further results


Charles Getchell
Hugo Lindgren
Nils Svensson
Edwin Vernede


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