On 20 March the death was announced of billionaire banker and pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ investor David Rockefeller. Aged 101 he was the last surviving grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil company monopoly in the 19th century. While the mainstream media was predictably gushing in its praise for David Rockefeller and his family’s vast wealth, one important aspect of his life was pointedly ignored. Amidst the countless thousands of words written about him in all the obituaries, practically none were devoted to the key role he had played as guiding hand behind the secretive Bilderberg group.
Organized as invitation-only annual conferences, the Bilderberg group’s meetings function as off-the-record breeding grounds for interactions between the political elite and senior executives from industry, finance, academia, and the media. So non-transparent and unaccountable are these meetings that no minutes are supposedly taken, no report written, and no policy statements issued. Or so we are told. In reality, various leaked documents over the years have now shown these claims to be false.
Increasingly facing scrutiny from alternative media sources, and with even the fake news mainstream media having begun to report – albeit in a mostly superficial style – on its meetings, in 2010 the Bilderberg group belatedly launched an official website. Tellingly, therefore, even right up until his death, the site listed David Rockefeller as the sole member of its so-called ‘Advisory Group’.
Participants at the 1991 Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany, for example, included Bill Clinton, who at that time was governor of Arkansas but went on to become U.S. president the following year, and Gordon Brown, who later became British Prime Minister. Other attendees that year included elite representatives from governments, diplomacy, the corporate sector, law, the media, and the military.
Revealingly, therefore, in his Memoirs published in 2003, Rockefeller was quite open in describing his goals:
|“Some … believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”|
In short, Rockefeller was conspiring with the Bilderberg cabal to work against the best interests of the United States and create a “one world” government in which compliant politicians and unelected economic interests are integrated into a single global power structure.
Widely portrayed in his obituaries as having retired in 1981 at the age of 65, “retirement” is hardly an accurate word to describe the activities Rockefeller engaged in during the final third of his life. In an analysis published by our Foundation in 2003, for example, his roles at that time included being a senior advisor to the J.P. Morgan Chase bank; a majority shareholder in the Chase Manhattan Bank; Honorary Chairman of the Trilateral Commission; and Honorary Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations. These interests brought him almost unparalleled access to the levers of global power. His personal Rolodex was said to have contained over 150,000 names and to have been so large that it required a room of its own adjacent to his office.
Having privileged direct contact with the world’s foremost political and business leaders, Rockefeller was in a unique position to ensure his family dynasty continued to make unimaginably vast profits from “profit over life” industries such as the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’, petrochemicals, and banking.
The inference in some mainstream media obituaries was that we may never see the like of David Rockefeller again. With his family’s gigantic wealth and global influence having essentially been inherited from a “robber baron”, John D. Rockefeller, a man who was arguably among the most ruthless and determinedly avaricious in American corporate history, many might understandably view this as a good thing to hope.