By Scott Thompson
Membership in the “1001 Club,” founded in 1971 by Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands, consort to Queen Juliana of the House of Orange, is restricted to 1,001 persons at any given time and is by invitation only.
All members pay a $10,000 initiation fee which goes toward a $10 million trust to bankroll World Wildlife Fund operations. The club donated an office building in Gland, Switzerland, which currently houses the international headquarters of the WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Initial members were handpicked by Prince Bernhard and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Membership includes representatives of the royal houses of Europe, officials of British Crown corporations, and prominent figures in international organized crime.
Below is a sample of current and past members with brief biographical data.
Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.
Born in 1912 [died in 2004 –ed], Bernhard is cousin-in-law of Kaiser Wilhelm’s sister, Princess Victoria of Hohenzollern.
In 1934, at the University of Berlin, Bernhard was recruited to Nazi intelligence and eventually assigned to IG Farben (the chemical giant which maintained business links to Britain’s Imperial Chemical Industries throughout the war and produced Zyklon-B gas for the gas chambers).
Because of his Nazi links, Bernhard’s marriage to Queen Juliana of the House of Orange created a scandal in the Netherlands.
Bernhard founded the Bilderberg Society in 1953. Bilderberg sponsors annual secret meeting of North American and European “one world” elites. Bernhard co-founded the WWF in 1961. In 1976, he was caught taking a $1.1 million bribe from Lockheed Corp. He resigned as head of Bilderberg, and from the WWF-International and 1001 Club.
But he remains a dominant behind-the-scenes figure in all three.
President of WWF-Denmark. Prince Juan Carlos. Founder and president of honor of WWF-Spain. He later became King Juan Carlos.
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.
Given the title of His Highness by Queen Elizabeth II in 1957 when editor of Paris Review, a publication co-founded by John Train.
Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis (deceased).
Self-proclaimed “head of Venetian intelligence” and heir to one of the most powerful “princely families” of the Holy Roman Empire. The family has extensive land holdings in Bavaria, Portugal, Italy, and Brazil, derived from its role as postmaster of the Hapsburg Empire. His father, Max, founded Hitler’s Allgemeine SS and headquartered it at the family’s Regensburg Castle in Bavaria.
Director of the Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation. Beitz ran a successful takeover of Krupp Industries in 1953.
Lord Conrad Black.
Chairman and CEO of the Hollinger Corp., a media conglomerate with major newspapers in Britain, Canada, the United States, Israel, and Australia. Originally called Argus Corp., a postwar restructuring of the wartime British intelligence front company War Supplies, Ltd., Hollinger is the leading press organ of the House of Windsor and recently led the propaganda campaign against U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Baron Aubrey Buxton of Alsa.
Life Peer. Vice president of the World Wildlife Fund-U.K. under Prince Philip. The Buxton family has run Barclays Bank.
Chairman, Preston Publications Ltd.; chairman, George Cadbury Trust. Family’s chocolate interests dominate the economies of West Africa.
Dr. Luc Hoffman.
Vice president of WWF-International and of the IUCN (1966-69); director of Hoffman-LaRoche, the Swiss pharmaceutical firm.
Co-founder in 1968 of the Club of Rome with Aurelio
Peccei. Responsible for the club’s book Limits to Growth, which led a revival of the malthusian argument for drastic reduction of world population.
Jonkheer John H. Loudon.
Knighthoods from the British and Dutch royal families.
Bernhard’s handpicked successor in 1977 to become international president of the World Wide Fund for Nature. Former CEO of the Royal Dutch Shell Group; chairman of Shell Oil Co. until 1976.
Sir Peter Scott.
Knight of the British Empire (deceased). Chairman, World Wide Fund for Nature since its inception as the WWF-I in 1961; chairman, Survival Service Commission of the IUCN since 1963; founder of the Wildfowl Trust at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire in 1964.
Vice president WWF-I until 1975. First executive director of the U.N. Environment Program until 1975, having previously served for two years as secretary general of the U.N. Conference on the Human Environment. Chairman, Bureau of the IUCN. Undersecretary general, United Nations (1985-87). Was charged by the secretary general to run the U.N.-sponsored Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992. Appointed by the Canadian government as chairman, Petro-Canada (1976-78); currently chairman of Ontario Hydro.
Venezuelan billionaire and Rockefeller family hanger-on, linked to drug money-laundering circles. In early 1994, the family’s Banco Latino collapsed and was seized by the Venezuelan government. Brother Ricardo Cisneros, a director of Banco Latino, is a fugitive from justice. Ran BIOMA, a leading Venezuelan “environmentalist group” shut down after caught faking dolphin killings.
D.K. Ludwig (deceased).
Businessman who made a fortune destroying the Amazon rainforests and later helped organized crime syndiccate boss Meyer Lansky to establish his drug money-laundering empire in the Bahamas.
The bagman for the $1.1 million bribe to Prince Bernhard from Lockheed Corp.
Tibor Rosenbaum (deceased).
First Mossad logistics chief. His Geneva-based Banque du Credit International was identified by Life magazine in 1967 as a money laundry for Meyer Lansky. Together with 1001 member Maj. Louis Mortimer Bloomfield (deceased), Rosenbaum’s network financed Permindex, the corporate entity which New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison charged was a vehicle for the Kennedy assassination. French intelligence established that Permindex laundered $200,000 through BCI, to finance several aborted assassination attempts against Charles de Gaulle.
International fugitive, alleged “American Connection” to the Medellin Cartel. Initially sponsored by the Swiss branch of the Rothschild family to take over the Lansky-affiliated Investors Overseas Service (IOS). Last known address: Havana, Cuba.
Co-founder of the 1001 Club and chairman of the WWF-South Africa. Rupert is owner of Rembrandt tobacco interests and a protege of World War II chief of British MI-6 Sir Stewart Menzies.
Sir Kenneth Kleinwort
Owner of Kleinwort Benson, one of Britain’s oldest banks.
Chairman of Jardine Matheson, the British trading company created by Lord Palmerston to service the Far East opium trade during the 19th-century. Brother John Keswick is chairman of Hambros Bank, a backer of WWF, and a director of the Bank of England.