At the Bilderberg conference, politicians and policymakers spend an intense three days in meetings not just with industry CEOs and bank bosses – but also with the media proprietors, editors, and a few hand-picked journalists.  The official position of the Bilderberg Group is that “the meeting is closed to reporting journalists”, however there is a strong media and new media presence at the conferences.

Below is a list showing some of the major media owners, editors and public figures who attend the Bilderberg conference. The list is taken from the 2012 & 2013 conference attendees and Steering Committee members. Members of the Bilderberg Steering Committee are marked with an asterisk [*].


*Francisco Pinto Balsemão (PORTUGAL – Former Prime Minister*)
Impresa – President and CEO
(Impresa = largest media group in Portugal, turnover 273 million, 2008)

*John Elkann (ITALY)
Economist Group – Board of Directors

Alexis Papahelas
Kathimerini Newspaper  – Executive Editor

Donald E. Graham (USA)
The Washington Post Company – Chairman and CEO,

*Craig J. Mundie (USA)
Microsoft Corporation – Senior Advisor to the CEO
(Microsoft owns and has stakes in a wide variety of online media, entertainment, gaming and social media brands and companies.)

Juan Luis Cebrián (SPAIN)
Grupo PRISA – Executive Chairman,
El País – Chairman
(Spanish media conglomerate: El País, Prisa TV etc.)

Oscar Bronner (AUSTRIA)
Der Standard Medienwelt – Publisher (Austrian daily)

*Marie-Josée Kravis (USA)
Publicis – Supervisory Committee
(one of world’s 3 biggest advertising companies; owner of Publicis Entertainment)

Enis Berberoğlu (TURKEY)
Hürriyet – Editor-in-Chief
(Turkish newspaper, the website is the 3rd most visited news website in Europe)

Pietro Supino (SWITZERLAND)
Tamedia AG – Chairman and Publisher (Swiss media group)

Jonas Bonnier (SWEDEN)
Bonnier AB – President and CEO
(privately held Swedish media conglomerate; revenue: US$ 4.24 billion, 2010)

*Heather M. Reisman (CANADA)
Indigo Books & Music Inc – CEO (Canadian retail chain)


Martin H. Wolf (UK)
The Financial Times – Chief Economics Commentator

Aslı Aydıntaşbaş (TURKEY)
Milliyet Newspaper – Columnist

Gideon Rachman (UK)
The Financial Times – Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator

*Lilli Gruber (ITALY)
La 7 TV – Anchorwoman

Peggy Noonan (USA)
The Wall Street Journal – Columnist

Matthias Nass (GERMANY)
Chief International Correspondent, Die Zeit


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