Since 1954, the Bilderberg Group has been gathering in secret to discuss everything from the rise and fall of communism to nuclear warfare to cybersecurity. The group began as a way to create more cooperation between Europe and North America during the Cold War, and Bilderberg releases an annual list of the people who will attend and the topics they’ll discuss, but beyond that, little leaves the walls of the meeting rooms.
According to the official website for the event, the closed-door meeting is designed to allow leaders of industry and academia to have an informal discussion about world affairs. If you talk to any #conspiracytheorist, they’ll say the #BilderbergGroup is a critical wing of the shadow world government and that the meeting is one of the year’s most important events. The point isn’t to discuss what’s going on in the world so much as to determine what will be. But what will actually be discussed there isn't known - only a select few are invited to the talks, billed by organizers as a chance for leaders to express opinions away from the public eye.
Around 130 bankers, politicians and leading figures will take part in the secret meetings. Two-thirds of this year’s attendees are from Europe while a third are from the U.S., including Sam Altman, (president of the tech seed accelerator Y Combinator), Richard Engel (NBC News), Senator Lindsay Graham (South Carolina), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn CEO), Peter Thiel (PayPal co-founder ), Astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Eric Schmidt (executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of #Google)