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The eponymous "Hotel Bilderberg" which hosted the first meeting back in 1954.
Formation29 May 1954
FounderJózef Retinger
TypeSecret Society
InterestsEuropean integration
Interest ofAmerican Free Press, Dan Dicks, Robert Eringer, Daniel Estulin, Tony Gosling, Intellihub, The Truthseeker, Jim Tucker
Exposed byJim Tucker
Bilderberg/1955 March
Bilderberg/1955 September
Bilderberg/1957 February
Bilderberg/1957 October
Bilderberg/Advisory Committee
Bilderberg/Premature deaths
Bilderberg/Steering committee
Long subject to a strong media blackout (almost never reported in newspapers before around 2010), protected by national police, the Bilderberg group holds an annual meeting of approximately 130 bankers, political & military leaders, CEOs of multinational corporations, editors and royalty. Meetings are firmly off the record, although increasingly leaky.

The Bilderberg is a series of annual meetings which began in 1954.[1] The 68 meetings have been attended by at least[2] 2892 participants (and a further 116 more "in attendance"), each of whom have pages on this website. They are often mentioned in conjunction with two other, less secretive, organizations: the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. Around 120 financiers, military leaders, heads of corporations, nation states and deep politicians meet to discuss projects of mutual interest (such as, according to a former chairman, the creation of the Euro).[3] The group has been accused of involvement in false flag attacks,[4][5] but such charges may be more suited to deep state milieux such as Le Cercle.

A video by Press TV

Official Narrative

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The official narrative of the Bilderberg group used to be that there was no such group. Nowadays however, the dates and attendance of meetings are published, and the story being that these famous and busy people, normally subject to scrutiny by paparazzi, need time to relax and take time away from public scrutiny. It's an "annual, unofficial, invitation-only" social event.

Media Reporting

A very rare report about the Bilderberg group - a 1977 report by the journalist Dominique Bromberger for the series Actualités of the French TV channel TF1

Iain Hollingshead wrote in The Telegraph in the run up to the 2010 Bilderberg that "Dan Brown aside, conspiracy theories don’t come much bigger than this". He began the article "I have just discovered that a shadowy cabal of global luminaries, including Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Prince Charles, Peter Mandelson, Lord Carrington, David Cameron, Queen Beatrix of Holland and the chairman of Barclays Bank, have been plotting to overthrow national governments and form a fascist one-world empire" and stated that "part of the lure to conspiracy theorists is that the group wasn’t properly reported in the mainstream media until very recently."[6]


The BBC quoted David Aaronovitch (named as a journalist whose name emerged in the 2018 leak of the UK deep state's Integrity Initiative) as stating that the Bilderberg is "really an occasional supper club for the rich and powerful".[7]


The intense secrecy and use of armed guards belie the claim that Bilderberg is a mere social event. Willy Claes, who attended Bilderberg in 1994, said on Belgian radio that at Bilderberg each participant is given a report and they are "considered to use this report in setting their policies in the environments in which they affect".[8] In 2005, the Bilderberg Steering committee chair, Étienne Davignon, concluded a BBC interview with the remark that "informal and private networks like Bilderberg have helped to oil the wheels of global politics and globalisation for the past half a century".[9]


The group was set up by Józef Retinger, who explains that he "set up the Bilderberg to offset "a growing distrust of America". He consulted three friends who pointed him to friends of theirs, a dozen men in all, many of whom attended the eponymous initial meeting in 1954. Originally, these were all Europeans, but the group became established in USA are he travelled there to float the idea. Similarly to the Safari Club, the Bilderberg was named after the location of the first meeting.


Full article: Bilderberg/Meetings

Since 1954, the group has had annual meetings usually in April, May or June. There were 2 meetings in 1955 and 1957. The 1976 meeting was cancelled due to Prince Bernhard's difficulties dealing with the Lockheed Bribery Affair. Secretary General of NATO Willy Claes stated in an interview that no two guests are allowed to sit next to each other more than once at Bilderberg, to enable the maximum exchange of views on important subjects. He also explained that guests are normally given around 10 minutes of talk time, after which a report is compiled of their presentation.[10]


Full article: Bilderberg/Guests
A video by James Corbett

Nowadays, meetings have around 100-150 guests. Guests are drawn mainly from Europe and USA, with very few from the southern hemisphere. The first meeting to host Chinese guests was in 2011. Members are heads of multinational corporations, political and financial leaders as well as royalty. Dennis Healey reports that Bilderberg new invitees were expected to speak so that the steering committee members can evaluate them.[11]

Advisory Group(s)

Full article: Bilderberg/Advisory committee

More rarefied than the Steering Committee is the advisory committee, which generally numbers only about 7 members. In 2001 David Rockefeller was chairman of the international advisory group, which is made up of long term members of the Steering committee. Advisory group membership was indicated on the minutes from 1981 - 1995 (at least), but had been dropped by 2002.

Steering Committee

Full article: Bilderberg/Steering committee
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A Bilderberg Steering Committee was formed in the 1950s.[12] It was originally smaller, but nowadays it typically has around 28 members, and its composition is chosen by the more elite Bilderberg advisory group. Henri de Castries currently chairs it. Other members include Étienne Davignon, journalist Bill Moyers, diplomat George W. Ball, perennial Bilderberger Victor Halberstadt, BBC Senior Independent Director Marcus Agius, Gabriel Hauge, Richard C. Holbrooke, Winston Lord and Paul Wolfowitz.


Full article: Bilderberg/Exposure
From a 1955 issue of Der Spiegel, which spent 2 pages on the 1955 September Bilderberg

The Bilderberg group originally enjoyed a high level of secrecy, in spite of occasional lapses by the commercially-controlled media (for example, the 1955 piece by Der Spiegel, or the mention on French TV in 1977). The internet proved very important in uncovering the constitution of the group. Many independent journalists, activists and historians have played a part in exposing the group and its activities.

Cover up

In 2011 the BBC published an article by Tom de Castella entitled Bilderberg mystery: Why do people believe in cabals?, which attempted to reframe the "mystery" of the group away from the question of what the Bilderberg does towards why people are interested in it. The article quoted journalist David Aaronovitch as stating that the Bilderberg is "really an occasional supper club for the rich and powerful".[13][14]

Denial of secrecy

The Bilderberg has responded to its internet exposure with an official narrative that it was never secret. By 2020 the FAQ included "With such high-calibre guests, why is there so little media coverage on Bilderberg?", with the answer "Bilderberg Meetings has never sought any public attention. An annual press conference on the eve of the Meeting was held for several decades up until the nineties, but it was stopped due to a lack of interest. However, the list of participants, main topics and the location are always fully published a few days before each Meeting."[15]


For a long time, outsiders could only speculate as to why 100+ establishment leaders would chose to meet up annually with such elaborate security. Increasingly, however, leaked documents and other information from insiders are clarifying the group's activities. Most obviously, self-enrichment and the accumulation of power and influence are important factors. Members are also sent by deep politicians with specific agendas. The close proximity of so many figures from different nations facilitates the development not only of social relationships but undocumented international understandings and contingency plans.

1973 Oil Crisis

Full article: “1973 Oil crisis”
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Visitors to the 1973 Bilderberg conference included the CEOs of Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum, Total S.A., ENI, Exxon as well as senior financiers. Discussions included.[16] Meeting minutes indicate that participants discussed a 400% increase in the price of oil, and created a "plan [on] how to manage the about-to-be-created flood of oil dollars."[17] The price of Egyptian crude oil was around $3 per barrel at the time of the meeting, but was $12 by 1974.[18]

Creation of the Euro

Étienne Davignon, former chairman, stated in a 2009 interview that the group "helped create the euro in the 1990s",[19] a boast which is supported by leaked documents and the Bilderberg's apparent choice of the President of the European Central Bank; of the three Presidents of the European Central Bank, the first two, Wim Duisenberg and Jean-Claude Trichet, were Bilderberg Steering Committee members and the next, Mario Draghi, attended the Bilderberg just before his appointment as president. The ECB's predecessor organisation, the European Monetary Institute was similarly lead exclusively by Bilderberg attendees.

Strategy of tension

Full article: Rated 3/5 Strategy of tension

Ferdinando Imposimato, Honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy and former Senior Investigative Judge, the man who prosecuted the case involving the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II, wrote a book accusing the Bilderberg Group of False flag terrorist attacks as part of a wider strategy of tension in Europe.[5][4]

Job appointments

RT remarked in 2017 that the Bilderberg "has a rather amazing track record among attendees who have gone on to enjoy high office. Bill Clinton attended his first Bilderberg meeting in 1991, and one year later he was sitting pretty in the White House; Tony Blair attended as a relative unknown in 1993 and in 1997 he was British prime minister; investment banker Emmanuel Macron was an attendee in 2014, and just this year he emerged from the political shadows at the 11th hour to beat out veteran nationalist politician, Marine Le Pen, in the French presidential race."[20]

Secretary General of NATO

The top item of the agenda of the 1966 Bilderberg meeting, written by Robert R. Bowie, was the reorganising of NATO.[21] Since that meeting, no one has been permanently appointed as NATO Secretary General without first attending at least one meeting of the Bilderberg.

UK Prime Minister

Since 1963, only three UK Prime Ministers have not attended the Bilderberg group (John Major, Theresa May and Boris Johnson). Again, the most common pattern is to attend a Bilderberg meeting before become leader of a political party.

Dutch Prime Minister

All Dutch Prime Ministers since 1982 have attended the Bilderberg.

Premature deaths

Full article: Bilderberg/Premature deaths

Around 20 Bilderbergers have died from assassination, murder or premature deaths such as plane crashes.

Documentaries about Bilderberg


Related Quotations

Charlie Skelton“Bilderberg is concerned about fake news? The world’s most secretive conference, which is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars keeping the press away from its sacred discussions, which has spent decades lying and obfuscating about itself, wants to ensure the spread of truth.”Charlie Skelton2017
Peter Thiel“I believe that it is always important to exchange views with people, no matter what their perspectives are. I think we have a lot of problems in our society and we need to be finding ways to talk to people. We need to find ways to talk to people where not everything is completely transparent. Libertarianism is not synonymous with radical transparency. That’s often an argument that Stasi would make in East Germany, when everything had to be monitored by society. And I think you have the best conversations in smaller groups where not everything is being monitored. That’s how you can have very honest conversations and you can think better about the future.”Peter Thiel2016


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Austerity Fascism is Comingwebpage8 June 2010Paul Joseph Watson
Document:CFR Membership 1993membership list4 November 2008FREE
Document:COVID-19 – true or hoax?blog post5 April 2020John GossAsk yourself this simple question. How many people do you know who have COVID-19? For me the answer is none. My advice would be for everyone to ignore the fake news put out by mainstream media.
Document:The Secret Society That Rules The WorldArticle7 November 2018Bas SplietIn his 1999 campaign autobiography, President George W. Bush mentioned his membership in passing: "My senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society, so secret I can’t say anything more."
File:Bilderberg-history-1956.pdfreport1956Józef Retinger
File:Discussion on Weaknesses of Western Society.pdfpaper12 January 1958Bilderberg/Steering committeeResponse to "The Weakness of Western Society" by Rudolf Mueller
File:Pietro Quaroni's Comments on Rudolf Mueller's Paper.pdfpaperJanuary 1958Pietro QuaroniResponse to "The Weakness of Western Society" by Pietro Quaroni.
File:Weaknesses of Western Society.pdfpaperDecember 1957Rudolf MuellerA paper on the problems of integration and right the moral values.


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  1. The Bilderberg has been cancelled twice: 1976, in response to the Lockheed/Bribery scandals and 2020, during the COVID-19 panic.
  2. This count is based on the official documents - some meetings are known to have undocumented attendees
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  12. The Bilderberg Group, by Jozef Retinger
  17. William Engdahl, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. (London: Pluto Press, 2004), pp. 130-132
  21. File:Bilderberg-Conference-Report-1966.pdf