Daniel Janssen

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Person.png Daniel Janssen  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman, Belgian nobility)
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Born15 April 1936
Brussels, Belgium
Alma materUniversite Libre de Bruxelles, Harvard Business School
Parents • Charles-Emmanuel Janssen
• Maya Boël
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee, Club of Rome, European Round Table of Industrialists, The 1001 Club, Trilateral Commission
Bilderberg Steering committee Belgian business leader

Employment.png Solvay/CEO

In office
1986 - 1998

Employment.png Solvay/Chairman

In office
1998 - 2006

Daniel Emmanuel Adrien René Marie Ghislain baron Janssen is a Belgian businessman. He was a member of the Bilderberg Executive Committee, the Trilateral Commission the European Round Table of Industrialists and the Club of Rome.[1]

Family Background

Janssen is a member of the aristocratic Janssen family and a son of Baron Charles-Emmanuel Janssen (1907-1985), vice-chairman of the Generale Bank and chairman of the Union Chimique Belge (UCB), and lady Maya Boël (1909-1996), daughter of senator and industrialist baron Pol-Clovis Boël (1868-1941). In 1970 he married lady Thérèse Bracht (1948), daughter of Baron Charles-Victor Bracht (1915-1978), the kidnapped and then murdered Antwerp industrialist. They have three sons; his eldest son Nicolas Janssen married Countess Hélène d'Udekem d'Acoz (1979), sister of Mathilde, Queen of Belgium, in 2011.


Janssen graduated as a civil engineer in nuclear physics from the ULB. From 1959 to 1960 he was a member of the cabinet to European Commissioner Paul De Groote, after which he obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School. He then joined the Union Chimique Belge (UCB) where he ended his career as CEO from 1975 to 1984, before becoming CEO of Solvay. On June 4, 1998 he succeeded his cousin Yves Boël there as chairman of the board of directors.[2]

He was also chairman of the Federation Chemical Industry of Belgium (FCN) from 1976 to 1979 and chairman of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (FEB) from 1981 to 1984. He succeeded Frans Van den Bergh in this capacity, he was succeeded by André Leysen himself. Finally, from 1991 to 1992, he was president of the European Council of Industry Chimique (CEFIC).[3]

He was also a director of Sofina and Générale de Banque and sat on various academic and philanthropic councils at ULB/VUB, the Hoover Foundation, the Solvay Brussels School, the Club de Rome, the Francqui foundation, the Belgian American Education Foundation.

Janssen is a Grand Officer in the Order of Leopold and Commander in the Order of the Crown and in the Order of Leopold II. In 1985 he obtained the personal title of baron and in 2005 this title was extended to all his descendants.

At some date since 2017, Wikipedia removed his English article, presumably for "not being notable" enough.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19699 May 196911 May 1969Denmark
Hotel Marienlyst
The 18th Bilderberg meeting, with 85 participants
Bilderberg/197017 April 197019 April 1970Switzerland
Hotel Quellenhof
Bad Ragaz
the 19th Bilderberg meeting, in Switzerland.
Bilderberg/197123 April 197125 April 1971US
Woodstock Inn
The 20th Bilderberg, 89 guests
Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
The 21st Bilderberg, 102 guests. It spawned the Trilateral Commission.
Bilderberg/197311 May 197313 May 1973Sweden
The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
Bilderberg/197419 April 197421 April 1974France
Hotel Mont d' Arbois
The 23rd Bilderberg, held in France
Bilderberg/197525 April 197527 April 1975Turkey
Golden Dolphin Hotel
The 24th Bilderberg Meeting, 98 guests
Bilderberg/197722 April 197724 April 1977United Kingdom
Imperial Hotel
The 25th Bilderberg, held in Torquay, England.
Bilderberg/197927 April 197929 April 1979Austria
Clubhotel Schloss Weikersdorf
27th Bilderberg, 95 guests, Austria
Bilderberg/198018 April 198020 April 1980Germany
The 28th Bilderberg, held in West Germany, unusually exposed by the Daily Mirror
Bilderberg/198115 May 198117 May 1981Switzerland
Palace Hotel
The 29th Bilderberg
Bilderberg/198313 May 198315 May 1983Canada
Château Montebello
The 31st Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The 32nd Bilderberg, held in Sweden
Bilderberg/198510 May 198512 May 1985New York
Arrowwood of Westchester
Rye Brook
The 33rd Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/19958 June 199511 June 1995Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
The 43rd Bilderberg. Held at the Burgenstock Hotel in Burgenstock, Switzerland.
Bilderberg/20001 June 20004 June 2000Belgium
The 48th Bilderberg, 94 guests
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