Bilderberg begins. But which of the world’s elite are at the secret conference?

Conspiracy theorists’ favourite annual conference Bilderberg has kicked off today in Copenhagen.

The famously secretive meeting between the world’s elite has attained mythical status due to its astonishing attendee list which attracts a mixture of heads of state, billionaires, secret service organisations such as MI6 as well as delegates and chief executives from global corporations.

In the past, the three-day gathering has been criticised for deciding the world’s fate behind closed doors. But due to the secretive nature of the event it is hard to gauge the global impact of the meeting.

According to the Bilderberg website, “There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.”

This aspect, combined with Chatham House Rules applying to the event, (meaning that participants may use the information they learn, but not identify any one person or party from which they obtained it) means that the coterie of powerful guests are at their leisure to discuss whatever they want in private.

On the agenda this year are topics including “Ukraine”, “What next for Europe?”, “Information sharing”, and “Does privacy exist?”

It seems for some, it does.

Security is tight. According to the Guardian, two journalists have already been arrested for attempting to quiz guests at the bar.

This year’s guests include Bilderberg veterans George Osborne and Ed Balls, along with the likes of Facebook board member Peter Thiel, and the executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt.

Who else is there?

Other top names include Peter Mandelson, Justine Greening, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, the editor-in-chief of the Economist John Micklethwait, MI6 head John Sawers, and Keith Alexander, the new head of the National Security Agency. 

For a full list of attendees, click here

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