Since its inception back in 1954, the Bilderberg meeting has been an annual event which has managed to foster dialogue between some of the wealthiest and most powerful individuals on the globe. This annual event lasts several days, and it hosts experts from around the world in the areas of finance, academia, media, and more. With the meetings always being planned and held under severe tight-lipped security and shrouded in secrecy, the public has been left with the only option of imagining or wondering what could be up for discussion within the infamous Bilderberg group. Even those who do most likely attend the meeting, will still try to avoid the admission that they were in attendance; like with banker James Wolfensohn.
Mentioned below, are just a few of the individuals that we know of who managed to carve out some time in their yearly agenda this time around for the Bilderberg meeting in Austria.
John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg LP
Named editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News since 2014, Micklethwait also worked at The Economist since 1987 and he successfully achieved the position of editor-in-chief for that publication as well, back in 2006. Bloomberg previously called Micklethwait “one of the world's smartest thinkers on the forces of globalization.” Aside from having had his own column on The Economist, Micklethwait is also the author of several books, including one titled: The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race To Reinvent The State, A Future Perfect: the Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation, and others.
Michael O'Leary, CEO Ryanair Plc
Michael O'Leary is an Irish businessman and CEO of Irish airline Ryanair. As Chief Executive Officer, it's reported that O'Leary earns an average of about €1,800,000 every year. It is believed that he is worth an estimated €755 million, not including his ownership in Ryanair. With the airline, it was reported (back in 2013) that O'Leary held at least a 3.5% stake in the company; valued to be at around €9.8 billion.
Mustafa V. Koç, Chairman Koç Holdings A.S.
Not only did he attend, but he is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Meetings. The Koç family is a Turkish family of successful and wealthy business-minded individuals, founded by Vehbi Koç who happens to be one of the wealthiest self-made people in Turkey. This family is responsible for running Turkey's largest group of companies. It is estimated that Mustafa V. Koç is worth at least $1.05 billion. M.V. Koç is affiliated with numerous organizations including; member of the JP Morgan International Council; The Rolls Royce International Advisory Board; member of the National Bank of Kuwait International Advisory Board; and Honorary Consul General of Finland to Turkey; member of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce; member Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association; member and President of the Supreme Advisory Council; and Member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board.
Roger C. Altman, Executive Chairman, Evercore
Roger Altman is an American investment banker and he is also a democratic politician, having served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under the Clinton administration back in 1993 until he resigned later in 1994 amid the scandalous Whitewater controversy. Currently, he is the Chairman of an independent investment banking advisory firm known as Evercore Partners in New York City, which holds billions of dollars in assets under management. Altman has also previously advised presidential candidates John Kerry (back in 2004) and Hillary Clinton (in 2008). In 2010, Obama also interview him as a potential candidate for National Economic Council director. Altman himself is also a member of the Bilderberg steering committee and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Just a few months ago, via the Council on Foreign Relations, he wrote a pro-TPP article, saying: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership would help most Americans economically and serve the country's strategic aims, and deserves the support of Congress,". In reality, we know that the TPP is a terrible idea and a threat to the sovereignty of the nations involved.
PFT also caught up with Marie-Josee and Henry Kravitz
As well as Banker James Wolfensohn
For more information on the history of Bilderberg, the meetings and more, then check out our documentary The Turning Point:
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