Google’s Schmidt, Amazon’s Bezos among Bilderberg attendees

“The Bilderberg Group, an annual gathering of royalty, statesmen and business leaders, will this week take place at the Grove Hotel, a golf resort in Watford, Hertfordshire,” Matthew Holehouse reports for The Telegraph.

“Guests will include George Osborne, the Chancellor; Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor; and Ken Clarke, the Cabinet Minister who also sits on the group’s steering committee,” Holehouse reports. “Delegates from business include Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google; Peter Sutherland, the chairman of Goldman Sachs; Robert Dudley, the chief executive of BP; Douglas Flint, the chairman of HSBC and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com. The group will discuss how the US and Europe can promote growth, the way ‘big data’ is changing ‘almost everything’, the challenges facing the continent of Africa and the threat of cyber warfare, according to an agenda published today.”

Holehouse reports, “Meetings take place behind closed doors, with a ban on journalists. There is no agenda and no votes are taken or public statements issued.”

More info and the full list of attendees in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ellis D.” for the heads up.]

27 Comments

    1. How the heck is that a waste of time?
      A bunch of incredibly powerful politicians and businesspeople getting together to plan how to make more money. Sounds wonderful. Certainly not a waste of time – for them.

        1. Ah, one of my favorite Democrat talking points, perfectly designed to fool the ignorant and pit voters against each other. Classic “us vs. them”.

          Here’s the reality: Regardless of what party you or they are from, THE WEALTHY DO HAVE THE WEALTH AND DO PAY MOST OF THE TAXES – far, far more than their “fair share”, in fact.

          In the US, the top 10 percent of income earners pay about 70 percent of all federal income taxes even though they made about 43 percent of all the income.

          So, please spare us the “fair share” bullshit, comrade.

          By the way, do you sit around and discuss how to pay more taxes?

          1. Say what? The last time I checked, it was an established fact that the richest 5% control 95% of the wealth. In 2011, Michael Moore said that just 400 Americans had more wealth than half of all Americans combined. The bottom line is that a very small handful of people are obscenely rich, and I guarantee you that they all work very hard to pay as little tax as possible. So please spare us YOUR bullshit, pal.

            1. Michael Moore? Yeah, I don’t even need to comment on that.

              If you were obscenely rich, you’d probably work hard to pay as little tax as possible, too. I think most would. Heck, I’m just a white-collar middle class worker bee, and I work and spend money to minimize my tax liability. I’m of the opinion that I can decide when and how to best spend my money than can the bureaucrats in Washington. Clearly, you’re of a different opinion.

              Finally, I didn’t say that some people weren’t obscenely wealthy. That’s not even open for debate. Typical… Can’t argue the precise point, so change the subject.

              There was nothing in my post that was inaccurate, so there was no bullshit, “pal”.

        2. So I suppose you and your friends get together and discuss how you can pay more in taxes to help the government out?

          No person or company is prevented from paying more in taxes. Not only could you refuse to take any deductions, but you also can donate more money to the government. So spare me this garbage about how the rich should volunteer to pay more in taxes. The government should figure out how to do better with the money it has instead of letting our tax collection agency spend $50 million on conferences, seminars, etc. while it breaks the law in asking potential non-profit organizations for donor lists, etc.

          And yes, I got that your moniker was Mr. Communist Party himself.

  1. Delegates from business include Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google; Peter Sutherland, the chairman of Goldman Sachs; Robert Dudley, the chief executive of BP; Douglas Flint, the chairman of HSBC…

    It sounds like a villainous dickhead conference. Oops, wrong term. I mean: It sounds like a Corporate Oligarchy conference. This year’s focus: Carving up planet Earth and this year’s fashion style in clown shoes. 👿

    1. 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

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