Past conference attendees include Bill Clinton, Ben Bernanke, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Tim Geithner, Rupert Murdoch, Angela Merkel, and Alan Greenspan. The main focus or power among The Bilderberg Group Members isn’t the individuals invited to the conference, but instead the leaders and former leaders of the Steering Committee. The steering committee is the group responsible for inviting the members, with the help of the Member Advisory Group. The steering committee also puts together the meeting and agenda. They are the ones who decide on the topics for discussion to be held in secrecy. The steering committee is responsible for setting up the location, although the host country is responsible for providing security.
Most Powerful Steering Committee Members
Founder of The Bilderberg Group, Retinger was a Polish politician who served as the group’s Secretary General for 6 years. Throughout World War II, Retinger was a large part of the exiled Polish Government serving as an advisor. He survived an assassination attempt in 1944 by those in the Polish underground who didn’t trust him. Retinger served as Secretary of The Bilderberg Group until his death in 1960.
A very well known and respected Dutch economist, Halbertstadt would serve The Bilderberg Group as Honorary Secretary-General for 20 years between 1980 and 2000. He taught Public Sector Finance at the University of Amsterdam for 10 years until 1974. Halbertstadt would go on to work with Daimler-Chrysler, Goldman Sachs, the World Economic Forum, and the Boekman Foundation among many other organizations.
Joseph E. Johnson
Johnson was the first American Honorary Secretary General for The Bilderberg Group. Johnson served as chief of the Division of International Security Affairs for the State Department under President Truman. In addition, Johnson was president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a board member for the World Peace Foundation.
William P. Bundy
“Bill” Bundy served as foreign affairs advisor for Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. In addition, he also served as CIA chief of staff for the Office of National Estimates. As foreign affairs advisor, Bundy played a key role in planning The Vietnam War. Bundy would teach at MIT and Princeton in addition to his role as American Honorary Secretary General within The Bilderberg Group.
Home would serve as British Leader of the House of Lords, Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, Lord President of the COuncil, Foreign Secretary, and Prime Minister of England, in addition to Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Bilderberg Group. Home was a very successful, and incredibly honorable and polite, politician.
Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
Prince Bernhard was a founding member of The Bilderberg Group. Born into German royalty, Prince Bernhard had married Juliana of The Netherlands before she would become Queen. Prince Bernhard served as the Dutch supreme commander during World War 2 and was involved in negotiation the German surrender in the Netherlands. Prince Bernhard would found The World Wildlife Foundation before being rocked by scandals, including receiving $1.1M from Lockheed Corporation in return for the Dutch purchase of fighter planes and fathering 2 illegitimate daughters. The Prince would also admit to using GBP500,000 of the WWF money to pay for British mercenaries to fight poachers in South Africa.
President of Germany from 1974-1975, Walter Scheel was chairman of the Steering Committee from 1980-1989. Scheel served in the Luftwaffe as a radar operator prior to entering German politics. He would hold the positions of Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development and Foreign Minister of Germany before becoming president.
Carington served as Chairman of the Steering Committee in the late 1990s. In addition to a very successful Political Career, Carington would serve as the 6th Secretary General of NATO. He presided over the diplomatic proceedings that led to the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Belgian politician and businessman Etienne Davignon would serve as Chairman of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2001. Davignon served as vice-president of the European Commission, which is tasked with upholding the rulings of the European Union. Davignon would also lead the Brussels group Friends of Europe.
American Businessman and Philanthropist, David Rockefeller is a former member of the Steering Committee for The Bilderberg Group as well as the Member Advisory Group. David Rockefeller served as CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank before getting more involved with the Rockefeller estate. Rockefeller is estimated to be worth $2.7 billion, most of which comes from family trusts dating back to the companies set up by his father and grandfather. David Rockefeller is a very influential and prominent member of The Bilderberg Group.