One of the most famous annual gatherings of the world’s elite is the Bilderburg Group, described on Wikipedia as “an unofficial annual invitation-only conference of around 130 guests, most of whom are persons of influence in the fields of business, media, and politics. The elite group meets annually at exclusive, four or five-star resorts throughout the world, normally in Europe, once every four years in the United States or Canada. It has an office in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands. They met at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey for the June, 2007 meeting … [T]he contents of the meetings are kept secret and attendees pledge not to divulge what was discussed.”

Among the invitees to this year’s group was Rick Perry, who was one of 44 participants from the United States. This was by far the largest delegation, the host country finishing second with twelve. A list of the participants appeared in the Web newsletter The list has been made available to me by a subscriber to the newsletter. It is divided into categories:

Government & International org.
Rosina Bierbaum, UN Goup on Climate Change
William Luti, National Security Council
James Perry, governor of Texas
Kathleen Sibelius, governor of Kansas
Josette Sheeran, UN World Food Program
Kristen Silverberg, Assistant Secretary of State
Ross Wilson, ambassador to Turkey
Paul Wolfowitz, World Bank (only until his resignation becomes final on June 30)
Joseph Wood, adviser to vice president
Phillip Zelidow, ex-“9/11” Commissioner

Charles Boyd, Business Exec. for National Security
Muhtar Kent, The Coca Cola Company
Craig Mundie, Microsoft
Eric Schmidt, Google
Sidney Taurel, Eli Lilly Laboratories

Banking & Finance
Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs & Co
Esther Dyson, EdVentures Holdings, Inc.
Timothy Collins, Ripplewood Holdings
Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Richard Holbrooke, Perseus LLC
Kenneth Jacobs, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
James Johnson, Perseus LLC
Vernon Jordan Jr., Lazard Freres & Co.
Bruce Kovner, Caxton Associates, LLC
Henry Kravis, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). Now there’s somebody Perry can talk to. TXU, coal plants, electricity rates
Robert Scully, Morgan Stanley
Peter Thiel, Clarium Capital Management
James Wolfensohn, Wolfensohn & Co.

Media & Consultancies
Michael Barone, Almanac of American Politics
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group
Thomas Donilon, O’Melkveny & Myers, LLP
Marc Grossman, the Cohen Group
Peter Hart, Peter D. Hart Research Associates
Henry Kissinger, Kissinger & Associates
Marie-Hosee Kravis, Hudson Institute
Lawrence Summers, ex-Secretary of the Treasury (and ex-president of Harvard)
John Vincent Weber, Clark & Weinstock

Think Tank & Universities
Graham Allison, Harvard University
Richar Haass, Council on Foreign Relations
Jessica Mathews, Carnegie Endowment
Richard Perle, Ex-Defense Policy Board

OK, readers. How do you think Rick Perry, excuse me, James Perry, got an invitation to this?