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Hotel de Bilderberg (2007), name-giving location of the first conference in 1954
The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an unofficial annual invitation-only conference of around 130 guests, most of whom are persons of influence in the fields of business, media and politics.
The elite group meets annually at luxury hotels or resorts throughout the world — normally in Europe — and once every four years in the United States or Canada. It has an office in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands.
Origin and purpose
The original Bilderberg conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg, near Arnhem in The Netherlands, from May 29 to May 31, 1954. The meeting was initiated by several people, including Joseph Retinger, concerned about the growth of anti-Americanism in Western Europe, who proposed an international conference at which leaders from European countries and the United States would be brought together with the aim of promoting understanding between the cultures of United States of America and Western Europe.
Retinger approached Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who agreed to promote the idea, together with Belgian Prime Minister Paul Van Zeeland, and the head of Unilever at that time, the Dutchman Paul Rijkens. The guest list was to be drawn up by inviting two attendees from each nation, one each to represent conservative and liberal (both terms used in the American sense) points of view.
The success of the meeting led the organizers to arrange an annual conference. A permanent Steering Committee was established, with Retinger appointed as permanent secretary. As well as organizing the conference, the steering committee also maintained a register of attendee names and contact details, with the aim of creating an informal network of individuals who could call upon one another in a private capacity. The declared purpose of the Bilderberg Group was to make a common political line tie between the United States of America and Europe in their opposition to the USSR and the global communist threat to their common monetary interests. Conferences were held in France, Germany, and Denmark over the following three years. In 1957, the first U.S. conference was held in St. Simons, Georgia, with $30,000 from the Ford Foundation. The foundation supplied additional funding of $48,000 in 1959, and $60,000 in 1963.
Dutch economist Ernst van der Beugel took over as permanent secretary in 1960, upon the death of Retinger. Prince Bernhard continued to serve as the meeting's chairman until 1976, the year of his involvement in the Lockheed affair. There was no conference that year, but meetings resumed in 1977 under Alec Douglas-Home, the former British Prime Minister. He was followed in turn by Walter Scheel, ex-President of West Germany, Eric Roll, former head of SG Warburg and Lord Carrington, former Secretary-General of NATO.
Attendees of Bilderberg include central bankers, defense experts, mass media press barons, government ministers, prime ministers, royalty, international financiers and political leaders from Europe and North America.
Some of the Western world's leading financiers and foreign policy strategists attend Bilderberg. Donald Rumsfeld is an active Bilderberger, as is Peter Sutherland from Ireland, a former European Union commissioner and chairman of Goldman Sachs and of British Petroleum. Rumsfeld and Sutherland served together in 2000 on the board of the Swedish/Swiss engineering company ABB. Former U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary and former World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz is also a member. The group's current chairman is Etienne Davignon, the Belgian businessman and politician.
Currently Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands (daughter of Prince Bernhard) is the head of the Bilderberg Group.
Critics say the Bilderberg Group promotes the careers of politicians whose views are representative of the interests of multinational corporations, at the expense of democracy. Journalists who have been invited to attend the Bilderberg Conference as observers have discounted these claims, calling the conference "not much different from a seminar or a conference organized by an upscale NGO" with "nothing different except for the influence of the participants."
The group's secrecy and its connections to power elites has raised concerns for many who believe that the group is part of a conspiracy to create a New World Order. Radio host Alex Jones, a well known conspiracy theorist, promotes the claim that the group intends to dissolve the sovereignty of the United States and other countries into a supra-national structure similar to the European Union. Madrid-based author Daniel Estulin, writing in the conspiracy theory magazine Nexus, claims that the long-term purpose of Bilderberg is to "Build a One-World Empire". He states the group "is not the end but the means to a future One World Government".
Reporter Jonathan Duffy, writing in BBC News Online Magazine states "In the void created by such aloofness, an extraordinary conspiracy theory has grown up around the group that alleges the fate of the world is largely decided by Bilderberg."
Denis Healey, a Bilderberg founder and former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, decries such theories. He was quoted by BBC News as saying "There's absolutely nothing in it. We never sought to reach a consensus on the big issues at Bilderberg. It's simply a place for discussion."
- 1954 (May 29-31) at the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands
- 1955 (March 18-20) at the Hotellerie Du Bas-Breau in Barbizon, France
- 1955 (September 23-25) at the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany
- 1956 (May 11-13) at the Hotel Store Kro in Fredensborg, Denmark
- 1957 (February 15-17) at the King and Prince Hotel in St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA
- 1957 (October 4-6) at the Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte in Fiuggi, Italy
- 1958 (September 13-15) at The Palace Hotel in Buxton, England
- 1959 (September 18-20) at the Çinar Hotel in Yeşilköy, Istanbul, Turkey
- 1960 (May 28-29) at the Palace Hotel in Bürgenstock, Nidwalden, Switzerland
- 1961 (April 21-23) at the Manoir St. Castin in Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
- 1962 (May 18-20) at the Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
- 1963 (May 29-31) in Cannes, France
- 1964 (March 20-22) in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
- 1965 (April 2-4) at the Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy
- 1966 (March 25-27) at the Nassauer Hof Hotel Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, West Germany
- 1967 (March 31-April 2) in Cambridge, England
- 1968 (April 26-28) in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
- 1969 (May 9-11) at the Hotel Marienlyst in Helsingør, Denmark
- 1970 (April 17-19) at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
- 1971 (April 23-25) at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont, USA
- 1972 (April 21-23) at the La Reserve di Knokke-Heist in Knokke, Belgium
- 1973 (May 11-13) at the Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
- 1974 (April 19-21) at the Hotel Mont d'Arbois in Megeve, France
- 1975 (April 22-24) at the Golden Dolphin Hotel in Çeşme, İzmir, Turkey
- 1976 no conference. The 1976 Bilderberg conference was planned for April at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, USA. Due to the ongoing Lockheed scandal involving Prince Bernhard at the time, it had to be cancelled.
- 1977 (April 22-24) at the Paramount Imperial Hotel in Torquay, England
- 1978 (April 21-23) at the Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey, United States
- 1979 (April 27-29) at the Grand Hotel Sauerhof in Baden bei Wien, Austria
- 1980 (April 18-20) at the Dorint Sofitel Quellenhof Aachen in Aachen, West Germany
- 1981 (May 15-17) at the Palace Hotel in Bürgenstock, Nidwalden, Switzerland
- 1982 (May 14-16) at the Rica Park Hotel Sandefjord in Sandefjord, Norway
- 1983 (May 13-15) at the Château Montebello in Montebello, Quebec, Canada
- 1984 (May 11-13) at the Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
- 1985 (May 10-12) at the Doral Arrowwood Hotel in Rye Brook, New York, United States
- 1986 (April 25-27) at the Gleneagles Hotel in Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland
- 1987 (April 24-26) at the Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, Italy
- 1988 (June 3-5) at the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol in Telfs-Buchen, Austria
- 1989 (May 12-14) at the Gran Hotel de La Toja in Isla de La Toja, Spain
- 1990 (May 11-13) at the Harrison Conference Center in Glen Cove, New York, United States
- 1991 (June 6-9) at the Steigenberger Badischer Hof Hotel, Schlosshotel Bühlerhöhe in Bühl (Baden) in Baden-Baden, Germany
- 1992 (May 21-24) at the Royal Club Evian Hotel, Ermitage Hotel in Évian-les-Bains, France
- 1993 (April 22-25) at the Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel in Vouliagmeni, Greece
- 1994 (June 2-5) at the Kalastajatorppa Hotel in Helsinki, Finland
- 1995 (June 8-11) at the Palace Hotel in Bürgenstock, Nidwalden, Switzerland
- 1996 (May 30-June 2) at the CIBC Leadership Centre aka The Kingbridge Centre in King City, Canada
- 1997 (June 12-15) at the Pine Isle resort in Lake Lanier, Georgia, United States
- 1998 (May 14-17) at the Turnberry Hotel in Turnberry, Scotland
- 1999 (June 3-6) at the Caesar Park Hotel Penha Longa in Sintra, Portugal
- 2000 (June 1-4) at the Chateau Du Lac Hotel in Genval, Brussels, Belgium
- 2001 (May 24-27) at the Hotel Stenungsbaden in Stenungsund, Sweden
- 2002 (May 30-June 2) at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, United States
- 2003 (May 15-18) at the Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles, France
- 2004 (June 3-6) at the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees in Stresa, Italy
- 2005 (May 5-8) at the Dorint Sofitel Seehotel Überfahrt in Rottach-Egern, Germany
- 2006 (June 8-11) at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada See picture of meeting location at time of meeting.
- 2007 (May 31 - June 3) at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey.
- 2008 (June 5-8) in Chantilly, Virginia, United States 
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