THE MOGULS OF MAY: Bloomberg vs. Bilderberg

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Page Six has a lovely post today about a recent meeting between Mayor Bloomberg and a clutch of his billionaire friends on May 5th in NYC to discuss the things that billionaires talk about: Philanthropy, big-business, the economic crisis, their homes.

While the confab was productive — and heavily-hyped as NYC’s mogul get-together of the season — it was actually a mere appetizer compared to May’s real power broker-fest, the recent Bilderberg event in Athens.

Held just last weekend at the swanky Astir Palace resort just outside the Greek capital, the annual event lured a true who’s-who of global financial, political and cultural leadership.

Indeed folks such as U.S. State Department number two James Steinberg, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso, Queen Sofia of Spain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands were all in attendance.

And their presence warranted some top-tier security: According to locals, a Greek navy launch and boats carrying elite divers could be seen a few meters off the coast of the peninsula where the hotel stands. Greek newspapers said the group had also asked for the protection of two F-16 warplanes and a police helicopter.

Intense!

For those of you, like us, wondering just what the Bilderberg Group is actually all about, it is a 50-something year old affiliation of some 130 members in the top banking/industry/political arenas who come together each year at fancy hotels worldwide and discuss the current “condition” of the planet.

Unsurprisingly, the Bilderbergs are ripe for conspiracy theories and loud talk of global domination.

But this ain’t Hollywood — the Bilderbergers are real!

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