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Do you believe the likes of Bill Gates & Warren Buffett are the richest people in the world as per the annual Forbes Rich Lists? Or do you believe there is a hidden world of ‘black money’ involving elite individuals with undeclared fortunes that would dwarf those earned by the likes of Gates & Buffett?

That’s the question we’ve put to members of our Underground Knowledge discussion group in our latest poll on – and so far 79% say they believe there are individuals with fortunes greater than those listed at the top of Forbes Rich Lists.

Only 9% of poll respondents indicate they believe the estimates on the Forbes Rich Lists are roughly correct while 12% are unsure.

A random sample of respondents’ comments follow:

We are living in an illusion after the Riemann shock. The paper money has no meaning now except for our common life in the world. In fact, the present world economy is in the bankrupt state and this evidence has been concealed from our public eyes. Hence Forbes rich list has no meaning but most of us believe that it is true. Maybe great catastrophe of economy will be happened in the near future. How can we survive in this great catastophe?

Not a case of “i believe there are people more wealthy””, i know there are people far more wealthy!!

I suspect Putin may be the richest person in the world. Yet he is not on any list.

The wealth of the Rothschild family is beyond comprehension or valuation!!

In our modern society, scientists invented a monster called financial engineering. It makes the total debt of our society to reach to an unimaginable level. No one in the world knows what is its total amount. Now we are living on the verge of money crisis. Even the wealth of Rothchild family or Royal family cannnot stop this catastrophe.

Lets put it this way, if they all donated just 1% of their money to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease around the world, there would not be children dying every few minutes of malnutrition, water borne diseases, malaria and multiple other reasons. One has only to wonder, “do they want them to die, or are they just so insular and ignorant, that they just don’t care?”

There are others, more secretive, whose financial empires are bigger than the Rothschilds (in my humble opinion). The world of ‘black money’ is like an onion or a Russian doll where you keep peeling back the layers of wealth and each layer is more and more hidden with greater and greater wealth…

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Do you believe World Trade Center 7 (aka Building 7), which no plane hit on 9/11, collapsed solely due to fires as per the official story?

Do you believe A.I. (artificial intelligence) will ever be more advanced/sophisticated than human intelligence?

Do you believe Princess Diana was murdered?

Do you believe Capitalism should be restructured, replaced by another economic system or left exactly as is?

Do you believe classified mind control technologies are being used by governments on innocent citizens?

Do you believe time travel is possible?

Do you believe genius-level intelligence is primarily the result of nature (genes) or nurture (education, environment, parenting etc)?

Do you believe Jesus Christ was a real historical person?

Do you believe Robert (Bobby) F. Kennedy (RFK) was solely killed by the “lone gunman” Sirhan Sirhan?


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It has been purported by financial researchers and alternative media outlets that there are individuals whose net worth would dwarf whoever tops the Forbes Rich List at any given time – net worth the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or Carlos Slim Helu could only dream about.

This may be hard to fathom, but it’s important to consider two points when analyzing the finances of the global elite.

Firstly, without being able to inspect the bank accounts of billionaires, Forbes and similar Rich List publishers can only make crude guesstimates of individuals’ true worth. As a result, their lists are anything but official and their accuracy is questionable – something the billionaire community is quick to point out.

Secondly, beyond those individuals and sums mentioned on the Rich Lists, there exists what is often referred to as invisible or hidden wealth. This involves non-disclosed fortunes that are virtually impossible to detect.

We examine this in some detail in our book THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy.

Here’s an exceprt from the book:

The planet’s invisible wealth is comprised of undeclared income stashed away in offshore tax havens and Swiss bank accounts, secret Old World money and black market economies in which criminal enterprises conduct their business.

The criminal enterprises referred to include illegal drugs and arms dealing. One such arms dealer is Saudi Arabian Adnan Khashoggi who some banking and financial commentators estimate had a massive personal fortune of between US$2 trillion and US$7 trillion in the 1980’s.

However, the world is still waiting for its first official trillionaire, and Khashoggi’s fortune was only ever estimated by Forbes and the likes to be worth between $400 million and several billion. If the rumors of Khashoggi’s multi-trillion dollar personal fortune were true then there’s an extremely wide gulf separating unofficial and official estimates of his wealth.

The 2005 feature film Lord of War, directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke, is said to have been inspired by Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Like Khashoggi, Bout is rumored to have amassed a huge personal fortune impossible to estimate. Cage’s character, a Ukranian-American arms dealer, is shown in the movie to be above the law with apparently unlimited money and resources.

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Blockbuster inspired by another wealthy arms dealer.

Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos is another individual strongly rumored to have profited from the black market. As mentioned in chapter 6, many who have investigated Marcos, including politicians in the current Philippine government, say much of his wealth was secured from discoveries of Yamashita’s Gold. As the existence of those treasures was never acknowledged by any government, it’s conceivable President Marcos could have amassed a large fortune impossible to trace or estimate. Some investigators say his secret bank accounts amounted to trillions of dollars.

Ferdinand E. Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos…worth trillions of dollars?

If this sounds totally unbelievable, consider the television interview Imelda Marcos gave in 2009 for the BBC TV travel series Explore. While being filmed inside her lavish home in the Philippines, Imelda told BBC presenter Simon Reeve that her late husband was heavily associated with gold mining companies and also traded in gold.

First Lady of glam: Mrs Marcos was a beautiful woman who always looked glamorous

Imelda Marcos…happy to spill the beans.

The former First Lady then presented Reeve with an official document. Although she would not allow the document itself to be filmed, Reeve confirmed it was a Certificate of Deposit made by Ferdinand E. Marcos in a bank in Brussels, Belgium, for the amount of Nine Hundred and Eighty Seven Billion United States Dollars. For those who don’t have a good math brain, that’s only 13 billion short of a trillion bucks.

If true, this sum in Marcos’ Belgium bank account alone would be almost 13 times more than Bill Gates’ total current fortune. The legacy of the former president becomes even more staggering when considering that this was just one of his bank accounts; the Philippine government has confirmed through investigations of its own that Marcos had many such secret accounts in banks all over the world.

Sticking with the idea that there are individuals worth far more than the names topping official rich lists, some say Queen Elizabeth II is one of the wealthiest people, if not the wealthiest, in the world. In our spy thriller The Orphan Factory we run with this theory by referring to secret Royal assets and undeclared income of unimaginable proportions.

Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at:

A book that’s for the common people.


Happy reading! –James & Lance




What do President Bill Clinton, David Rockefeller, Prince Charles, Bill Gates and Prime Minister David Cameron, plus the founders and CEO’s of Google, Facebook and Amazon all have in common?

Each has attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group, an invitation-only organization whose annual conferences for the most part remain mysteriously off the record.

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President Clinton and Bill Gates…confirmed Bilderbergers.

In The Ninth Orphan we shine a light on the little known Bilderberg Group and portray it as being America’s, and the world’s, shadow government. We present Bilderberg members as an elite club who pull the strings of various administrations around the globe.


“Bilderberg pulls the strings of every government and intelligence agency in the Western world.”The Ninth Orphan


Is there any truth behind this supposed political conspiracy?

Well, that depends on who you ask.

Independent researchers have long claimed the Bilderberg Group undermines democracy and influences everything from nations’ political leaders to the venue for the next war; the politicians and industrialists who attend say it’s nothing more than a think-tank, conducted without media coverage so the world’s most powerful can speak freely.

Certainly, it’s easy to see why conspiracy theories plague the group.

Bilderberg history

The Bilderberg Group takes its name from the Hotel de Bilderberg, in Oosterbeek, in the Netherlands, where the organization’s first meeting took place in 1954. Ever since, every Bilderberg conference has had almost complete media blackouts despite being held at prominent five-star resorts.

Hotel de Bilderberg.

Independent researchers point out this dearth of media coverage is highly unusual given the veritable who’s who of world leaders and movers-and-shakers in attendance each year. Certainly some high ranking journalists have written articles on Bilderberg conferences, but overall the events are ignored by mainstream media outlets.

American Bilderbergers

Within the last few years, Google’s former CEO and now Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes as well as Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of, have all attended Bilderberg conferences. In 2010, Microsoft founder and the world’s richest man Bill Gates attended his first Bilderberg conference at the Hotel Dolce, in Sitges, Spain.

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Eric Schmidt and Chris Hughes…confirmed Bilderberg conference attendees.

Other notable US political figures to have officially attended Bilderberg meetings include former Director of the CIA David Petraeus, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, President Gerald Ford as well as current Governor of Texas Rick Perry.

Condoleezza Rice cropped.jpg  President Gerald Ford, arms folded, in front of a United States Flag and the Presidential seal.

 Condoleezza Rice and President Gerald Ford…also confirmed attendees.

The Logan Act

Some political analysts say all American attendees of Bilderberg conferences have been in direct violation of the Logan Act – a federal law which prevents US citizens and representatives from making policy decisions in secret with foreign government officials.

However, the catch is that no Bilderberger has ever acknowledged engaging in policy-making during the meetings and there is no conclusive proof that any of them do.

Global Bilderbergers

On the international roster, Bilderbergers have included leaders of almost every Western nation, Swiss bankers, EU Commissioners and Royalty. Among past and present attendees are current Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Margaret Thatcher, the King of Spain Juan Carlos I and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.


Margaret Thatcher and Stephen Harper…among past and present Bilderbergers.

In 2013, current British Prime Minister David Cameron came under fire from the British press for attending a Bilderberg conference in Watford, England. On June 7, 2013, leading UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that Cameron would “take part in a debate on the global economy” and that Downing Street said they “will not give details of what is discussed”.

Prime Minister Cameron also refused to provide any details of the time and day he would attend the conference – and this only a short while after promising the British public he would lead the “most open and transparent government in the world.”

In recent years with the economic rise of the East, the Bilderberg Group has for the first time begun inviting leading business and political figures from Asia, especially Japanese and Chinese citizens.


Nine had heard whisperings that the secretive Bilderberg Group was effectively the World Government, undermining democracy by influencing everything from nations’ political leaders to the venue for the next war. He recalled persistent rumors and confirmed media reports that the Bilderberg Group had such luminaries as Barack Obama, Prince Charles, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Tony Blair, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush. Other Bilderberg members sprung forth from Nine’s memory bank. They included the founders and CEOs of various multinational corporations like Facebook, BP, Google, Shell and Amazon, as well as almost every major financial institution on the planet. The Ninth Orphan


Obama, Murdoch and the Bush/Clinton clans

In addition to the aforementioned Bilderbergers, who are all confirmed to have participated in at least one conference, there’s also a raft of other powerful figures suspected of having attended the group’s annual meetings.

For whatever reason, it appears some world leaders decide it is better for their reputation to meet other Bilderbergers secretly rather than officially. Some critics have speculated this may because these people wish to maintain their façade of being for the people rather than the elite. Or put another way, they don’t want it known that they represent the 1% instead of the 99%.

One such figure may be President Obama. Shortly before becoming the US President, Barack Obama was strongly rumored to have met with key Bilderberg members at or near their conference venue in Chantilly, Virginia, in 2008.

President Barack Obama

President Obama…rumor persists.

Veteran Bilderberg observer, Jim Tucker, phoned Obama’s office during the presidential election campaign to confirm whether he had attended the conference. A campaign spokeswoman refused to discuss the matter, but would not deny that Obama had attended.

Other rumored attendees include media mogul Rupert Murdoch and US presidents George Bush, Sr. and George W. Bush.

Hillary Studies

Hillary Clinton…Mum’s the word.

Hillary Clinton also denies having attended any Bilderberg meetings despite reported sightings of her at the locations of the 2006 (Toronto) and 2008 (Virginia) conferences.

Bill Clinton, however, was an official attendee of the 1991 Bilderberg conference in Germany while still a little known Governor of Arkansas; the following year he won the US Presidential Election.

The former US President has since reluctantly answered questions regarding his confirmed involvement with the secretive organization.


Some of the more independent thinkers in the media had compared Naylor’s unexpected rise to the top of the CIA ladder to that of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton – both of whom had a speedy ascension to the White House, catching many political analysts by surprise. The Ninth Orphan


The Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations is worth a brief study – if only to compare with the Bilderberg Group.

Another elitist, invitation-only organization which operates in almost total secrecy, the council has an equally impressive membership. Among its most famous members are Joe Biden, George Soros, George H.W. Bush, Richard Branson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie.

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Sir Richard Branson and Angelina Jolie…CFR members. 

It should be noted that many members of the Council on Foreign Relations have also attended Bilderberg conferences and the two organizations are apparently closely aligned…

…We are reminded of a line in the 2000 feature film The Skulls, which perfectly encapsulates our assessment of organizations like the Bilderberg Group and the CFR: “If it’s secret and elite, it can’t be good.”

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Blockbuster movie likened to real-life secret organizations.

People come up with all kinds of reasons to justify clandestine activities. Some say the masses are not smart enough and need wise old men to covertly influence voters. Others argue knights of the round table-style groups are needed to ensure the ill-informed public are not allowed to have too much power.

But however the invisible power players spin things, the truth is supporters of such elitist groups are deceiving themselves and others with such justifications.

The bottom line is: Any time a secret group usurps the collective will of the people, it’s wrong. Period.

One small confirmation of the dangers of secretive and elitist organizations comes from within police forces in the US and UK, and relates to Freemasonry. Senior American and British police chiefs have gone on the record recommending that police officers should not be permitted to join any Masonic lodge. The police chiefs concerned invariably cited fears that Freemason police officers would have conflicts of interest. That’s to say officers may at times put the interests of Freemasonry ahead of their police work.

Such dangers are obviously magnified a hundredfold when it comes to high ranking politicians being members of unaccountable organizations like the Bilderberg Group and the CFR.


Bilderberg’s modus operandi reinforced in his mind the complexity of the global hierarchy. He didn’t know if Omega controlled the Bilderberg Group or vice versa, but the situation reminded him that no matter how much anyone thought they knew about the New World Order elite, there were always higher levels in the plethora of secret societies and shadow organizations that ruled the planet.The Ninth Orphan


So what does all this mean exactly? Is it just a pile of the usual circumstantial evidence that seems to conveniently support many conspiracy theories? According to Belgian magnate and former Bilderberg chairman Étienne Davignon, that is exactly the case. In the January 22, 2011 edition of The Economist, Davignon said Bilderberg Group meetings allowed attendees to speak off-the-record and share opinions with major figures – without the risk of casual comments being taken out of context by the media.

On guard: Police patrol the grounds of The Grove hotel which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference

Flashback to 2013 when the Bilderberg Conference was held in Britain for the first time since 1998 – at the plush (and secure) Grove Hotel, in Hertfordshire.

Those of Davignon’s school of thought propose that all conspiracy theories surrounding Bilderberg simply arise because of the group’s strict methods of ensuring absolute privacy of participants involved. Then again, it’s hard to believe the only decisions the world’s elite make at these exclusive resorts each year is what to order for dinner or what time to play golf!

Ring of steel: Police officers man a road block as delegates arrived for the four-day meeting

As for all Bilderberg conferences, security was predictably tight at the 2013 conference.

There’s also another possibility, or theory, in this discussion. It would lie about half way between the two extremes covered so far in this chapter.

This possibility would suggest that the powerful individuals who attend Bilderberg conferences have no devious intentions. On the contrary, all they really desire is to have informal chats with others at their own business or political level.

However, this would also suggest that in imperceptible ways leaders of different nations end up influencing each other’s policymaking. And therefore a globalist agenda would still end up circumventing democracy in the nations represented – albeit subtly and possibly without the awareness of conference attendees.

If this theory is true then the darker intentions would lie with the lesser known individuals running the Bilderberg Group. These invisible puppet masters would be using Bilderberg attendees to orchestrate world events to their liking. It could be argued that the carrots the organization dangles – especially assistance in climbing business or political ladders – tug at the personal ambitions of those attendees.

But, of course, we could be totally wrong about everything we wrote about the Bilderbergers in The Orphan Trilogy. In which case, you can go back to trusting your elected politicians and believing they have no ulterior motives and really do have your best interests at heart…


Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at:

A book that’s for the common people.


Happy reading! –James & Lance