The 2013 Bilderberg Meeting List: Who went and what did they talk about

It’s that time of year again, time for the Bilderberg meeting where the self-professed movers and shakers of the entire world get together, pat each other on the back and dream they can micromanage the entire world and solve all its problems with their intelligentsia.  For some people, these names incite terror as they represent the 1% of the mythical 1% of the world population that runs the entire economic globe through bank finance, political influence, and media relations.  To me they are a mixed bag of geniuses, hardy capitalists with a long train of social moochers, looters and die-hard progressives riding their coat tails.  Regardless of what one might think about this list of names, or the power that the Bilderberg meeting has on world affairs—the hopes and dreams of these people are presumptuous.  They assume they have value which the rest of society does not.  This mistake places them in the failed company of thousands upon thousands of global leaders all over the world through all history who reached their death with the grim realization that all the money and power in the world could not make them “good” people.  So their attempts to use their power and influence to do some “good” in the world is misguided, and will 100% of the time lead to the failure of their objectives.  So fret not over the names on this list.  They are only human, and being such is an act to out-grow, not relish.


Hertfordshire, England 6-9 June 2013

Current list of Participants

Status 3 June 2013

FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
DEU Achleitner, Paul M. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Board, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
GBR Agius, Marcus Former Chairman, Barclays plc
GBR Alexander, Helen Chairman, UBM plc
USA Altman, Roger C. Executive Chairman, Evercore Partners
FIN Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
USA Athey, Susan Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business
TUR Aydıntaşbaş, Aslı Columnist, Milliyet Newspaper
TUR Babacan, Ali Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
GBR Balls, Edward M. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA
FRA Barré, Nicolas Managing Editor, Les Echos
INT Barroso, José M. Durão President, European Commission
FRA Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
FRA Bavinchove, Olivier de Commander, Eurocorps
GBR Bell, John Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
ITA Bernabè, Franco Chairman and CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
USA Bezos, Jeff Founder and CEO,
SWE Bildt, Carl Minister for Foreign Affairs
SWE Borg, Anders Minister for Finance
NLD Boxmeer, Jean François van Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, Heineken N.V.
NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Der Standard Medienwelt
GBR Carrington, Peter Former Honorary Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
CAN Clark, W. Edmund President and CEO, TD Bank Group
GBR Clarke, Kenneth Member of Parliament
DNK Corydon, Bjarne Minister of Finance
GBR Cowper-Coles, Sherard Business Development Director, International, BAE Systems plc
ITA Cucchiani, Enrico Tommaso CEO, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
BEL Davignon, Etienne Minister of State; Former Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings
GBR Davis, Ian Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
NLD Dijkgraaf, Robbert H. Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study
TUR Dinçer, Haluk President, Retail and Insurance Group, Sabancı Holding A.S.
GBR Dudley, Robert Group Chief Executive, BP plc
USA Eberstadt, Nicholas N. Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
NOR Eide, Espen Barth Minister of Foreign Affairs
SWE Ekholm, Börje President and CEO, Investor AB
DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, EADS
USA Evans, J. Michael Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs & Co.
DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
USA Feldstein, Martin S. Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
FRA Fillon, François Former Prime Minister
USA Fishman, Mark C. President, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
GBR Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
IRL Gallagher, Paul Senior Counsel
USA Geithner, Timothy F. Former Secretary of the Treasury
USA Gfoeller, Michael Political Consultant
USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
DEU Grillo, Ulrich CEO, Grillo-Werke AG
ITA Gruber, Lilli Journalist – Anchorwoman, La 7 TV
ESP Guindos, Luis de Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
GBR Gulliver, Stuart Group Chief Executive, HSBC Holdings plc
CHE Gutzwiller, Felix Member of the Swiss Council of States
NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary  General of Bilderberg Meetings
FIN Heinonen, Olli Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
GBR Henry, Simon CFO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
FRA Hermelin, Paul Chairman and CEO, Capgemini Group
ESP Isla, Pablo Chairman and CEO, Inditex Group
USA Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard
USA Johnson, James A. Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
CHE Jordan, Thomas J. Chairman of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
USA Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
USA Kaplan, Robert D. Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor
USA Karp, Alex Founder and CEO, Palantir Technologies
GBR Kerr, John Independent Member, House of Lords
USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
NLD Knot, Klaas H.W. President, De Nederlandsche Bank
TUR Koç, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
DEU Koch, Roland CEO, Bilfinger SE
USA Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
CHE Kudelski, André Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
GRC Kyriacopoulos, Ulysses Chairman, S&B Industrial Minerals S.A.
INT Lagarde, Christine Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
DEU Lauk, Kurt J. Chairman of the Economic Council to the CDU, Berlin
USA Lessig, Lawrence Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School; Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
BEL Leysen, Thomas Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
DEU Lindner, Christian Party Leader, Free Democratic Party (FDP NRW)
SWE Löfven, Stefan Party Leader, Social Democratic Party (SAP)
DEU Löscher, Peter President and CEO, Siemens AG
GBR Mandelson, Peter Chairman, Global Counsel; Chairman, Lazard International
USA Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
CAN McKenna, Frank Chair, Brookfield Asset Management
GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
FRA Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations
ITA Monti, Mario Former Prime Minister
USA Mundie, Craig J. Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
ITA Nagel, Alberto CEO, Mediobanca
NLD Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of The
USA Ng, Andrew Y. Co-Founder, Coursera
FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc
GBR Omand, David Visiting Professor, King’s College London
GBR Osborne, George Chancellor of the Exchequer
USA Ottolenghi, Emanuele Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
TUR Özel, Soli Senior Lecturer, Kadir Has University; Columnist, Habertürk Newspaper
GRC Papahelas, Alexis Executive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper
TUR Pavey, Şafak Member of Parliament (CHP)
FRA Pécresse, Valérie Member of Parliament (UMP)
USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
USA Petraeus, David H. General, U.S. Army (Retired)
PRT Portas, Paulo Minister of State and Foreign Affairs
CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. Chair, Torys LLP
INT Reding, Viviane Vice President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
CAN Reisman, Heather M. CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
FRA Rey, Hélène Professor of Economics, London Business School
GBR Robertson, Simon Partner, Robertson Robey Associates LLP; Deputy Chairman, HSBC Holdings
ITA Rocca, Gianfelice Chairman,Techint Group
POL Rostowski, Jacek Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister
USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
NLD Rutte, Mark Prime Minister
AUT Schieder, Andreas State Secretary of Finance
USA Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
PRT Seguro, António José Secretary General, Socialist Party
FRA Senard, Jean-Dominique CEO, Michelin Group
NOR Skogen Lund, Kristin Director General, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
USA Slaughter, Anne-Marie Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
GBR Taylor, Martin Former Chairman, Syngenta AG
INT Thiam, Tidjane Group CEO, Prudential plc
USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Thiel Capital
USA Thompson, Craig B. President and CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
DNK Topsøe, Jakob Haldor Partner, AMBROX Capital A/S
FIN Urpilainen, Jutta Minister of Finance
CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Honorary Chairman, Novartis AG
GBR Voser, Peter R. CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
CAN Wall, Brad Premier of Saskatchewan
SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
USA Warsh, Kevin Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
CAN Weston, Galen G. Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
GBR Williams of Crosby, Shirley Member, House of Lords
GBR Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
GBR Wright, David Vice Chairman, Barclays plc
INT Zoellick, Robert B. Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Bilderberg Agenda

The 61st Bilderberg meeting is set to take place from 6 until 9 June 2013 in Hertfordshire, UK. A total of around 140 participants from 21 European and North American countries have confirmed their attendance. As ever, a diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media have been invited. The list of participants is available on

The key topics for discussion this year include:
• Can the US and Europe grow faster and create jobs?
• Jobs, entitlement and debt
• How big data is changing almost everything
• Nationalism and populism
• US foreign policy
• Africa’s challenges
• Cyber warfare and the proliferation of asymmetric threats
• Major trends in medical research
• Online education: promise and impacts
• Politics of the European Union
• Developments in the Middle East
• Current affairs

More information at:

My novel Tail of the Dragon is currently offered on for $17.47.  As of this writing it is SOLD OUT again and my publisher is working to get more books supplied.  Amazon will back order it for the lower price.  CLICK HERE TO VISIT.

If the novel is SOLD OUT, then it can also be found at Publisher’s Direct.  CLICK HERE.

Rich Hoffman

“If they attack first………..blast em’!”

The David Nicholas ‘General Lee’: A day of excitment at the Cliffhanger Ranch and Adventure Outpost

As my old friend hosted festivities at his Cliffhanger Ranch and Adventure Outpost for the Spearhead Trail Blazers yearly event in Wise County, Virginia I had the privilege of speaking with David Nicholas who brought his General Lee 1969 Dodge Charger.  David and I had more in common than just being the entertainment venues to the spectacle—he brought one of the most famous cars in the world known as the hero from The Dukes of Hazzard television show, and I performed bullwhip tricks for the participates.  David is exactly the type of man I wished to highlight in my most recent novel, Tail of the Dragon, a grown man who still works in their garage to bring life to the dreams of their youth.  In the video below you can meet David and his General Lee as he explained his love of that car and memorabilia from the classic television series.  In a lot of ways David was a lot like the hero from my novel, Rick Stevens.  The video covers many of the events which occurred at the ranch on June 1st including a special trip to the undeveloped portion of the property which my friend Nathan Ormes has big plans for in the years to come.

Just hours before meeting up with David at the Cliffhanger Ranch, which is named after the main character from my novel The Symposium of Justice, I received a very nice review of Tail of the Dragon from an unexpected source.  I never tire hearing from people who have picked up Tail of the Dragon as anybody might from the store and read it feeling enough passion at the conclusion to leave a nice review.  For me, it is the ultimate compliment and fills me with hope that I can ignite with that novel future David Nicholas back-yard mechanics who will feel enough passion for the material to pay homage in a similar way as David did with his General Lee.

Tail of the Dragon: Rich Hoffman Book review

Philosophy, Action, 228 pgs. ISBN 978-1-58982-694-6

A non-stop thrill-ride from beginning to end, this story lets you ride alongside an unrestrained road racer and his lover in a story that screams danger around every corner … A real page turner, the story is Smokey and the Bandit meets Road Warrior. One immovable unbending man takes on the tyrannical authorities in his quest to make a point, right a wrong, and help himself and a political ally. Risking all in a multi-state cannonball run style chase in a supercar, this fantastic smash-up derby takes Rick Stevens, his wife and Firebird into war with the police and military authorities while making history and changing the future.

A nice easy read filled with escapism, it was fantastic and fun.



As David showed me around his General Lee I kept thinking about that review from “O.A.”  Some of the guests at the ranch attempted to articulate their feelings for the General Lee.  I explained aloud that the old Dodge Charger was a symbol of rebellion and defiance.  The bold Confederate Flag on the roof and front end, on the windows, even the name of a great Civil War general, were symbols of battle and of standing against tyranny.  The car was never intended to be a casual project that the Duke Boys built to take girls out on dates – the car was to be a war machine – an agent of justice.  My wife asked aloud what the bars were across the front of the General Lee, and I explained to her that those bars were for ramming bad guys off the road so that the front of the car wasn’t damaged.  By bad guys in this case it was often the cops who were always wrapped up in the crooked dealings of crime in that imaginary town from the fictional television show.  When visitors all day long approached the car, it wasn’t for the fantasy of a peaceful drive to church which stirred the imaginations of those who gazed upon it, but the war from which The General conducted its life.  It was the battles fought and won that caused spectators to look on in awe and want to touch the car.

David and I had many philosophical discussions all day long as he demonstrated the air horn system which impressed me greatly, playing Dixie over and over to the point that we ran down the battery.  We spoke about the old television show and surmised that the Duke Boys were good guys even when they broke the law because they always tried to do the right thing – even when the law stood in the way.  That was the key to the success of The Dukes of Hazzard.  When I was a kid and heard a souped up tractor at the Butler County Fair blow their air horn playing Dixie, it was the defiance of the General Lee which came to my mind – of the bright orange car fleeing from the law in order to save Hazzard County from the latest schemes of Boss Hog and his corrupt police force.  The same spike of excitement I felt as a kid at the Fair came right back at the Cliffhanger Ranch when Dave hit the horn and revved up the big V-8 Hemi engine in his General Lee.

David Nicholas and his son who came with him were a delight to meet and speak with.  I saw in them undefeated souls from Bristol, Tennessee who had an intense passion for everything related to The Dukes of Hazzard.  As we talked about my novel, which is an obvious throw-back to The Dukes of Hazzard, Smokey and the Bandit and all those great classics, we joked about the big scene in the novel which took place in Pigeon Forge, and at the I-40 tunnels in the mountains.  David lives in the area so he routinely travels all the roads where the biggest car chase in fictional human history took place and knew all the locations described in my novel.

The review I received reminded me that perhaps in 30 years time some back-yard mechanic might do for the Firebird from Tail of the Dragon what David had done for the General Lee, from The Dukes of Hazzard. The sheer joy that was easy to see from all who approached the car to touch it at the ranch could not be contained.  Old men and their young sons, and grandsons enjoy the General Lee for the same reasons – because the General is a “war machine” dedicated to justice over tyranny.  It is not about compliance, submission, or rigid rules of social structure.  The General Lee is about good over evil in the most fundamental sense of the word and that is why the car had a special resonance which was unmistakably present.

On the way home from the ranch, my wife and I had to travel through the real life Hazard, Kentucky in the rugged mountains of Appalachia.  We stopped in Jackson to buy my grandson and nephew a few mementos for upcoming events.  As I looked at the people in the hardy small town there was a lack of fear on their faces which was similar to the kind of aura David Nicholas projected.  There is a comfort in the people of Appalachia given to them from their strong faith in God, and ever-present readiness to slap down the federal government in less than a heart-beat.  This was a quality that the show The Dukes of Hazzard successfully captured when they set the fictional show several hundred miles to the south in Georgia, instead of Kentucky.   There is a reason that President Obama DID NOT campaign in Jackson or Hazard, Kentucky and it doesn’t have a thing to do with skin color.  The people in these mountain towns do not like government bothering them about much of anything—and that element was as strong today as it was when America started as frontier towns in such remote wildernesses.  It was the reason we stopped to buy birthday presents in Jackson as opposed to things we could buy at our home in Cincinnati.  There is a swagger in the South that is represented by The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.  And by the tone of my most recent review, I had told a story that revisited that swagger with a whole new story that takes the action well-known by the Duke Boys and turns up the heat to levels modern society demands.  And it delivers!

My novel Tail of the Dragon is currently offered on for $17.47.  As of this writing it is SOLD OUT again and my publisher is working to get more books supplied.  Amazon will back order it for the lower price.  CLICK HERE TO VISIT.

If the novel is SOLD OUT, then it can also be found at Publisher’s Direct.  CLICK HERE.

Rich Hoffman

“If they attack first………..blast em’!”