(Author’s Update: 2/7/09 – I have gone down another rabbit hole and will not post for a day or two; this particular web is getting intricate….be back soon.)
Every time I turn around I am running smack dab into a neon CFR signpost. If you have not been paying attention, go here to learn about the Council on Foreign Relations, Paul Warburg, J.P. Morgan, and not to be forgotten, David Rockefeller who believes that given the proper global crisis, countries would be lining up to be part of the New World Order.
Earlier this evening I started writing a post on Bambi’s Economic Advisory Board. One can only take so much of the insanity of the appointees and the deaf ears of our elected officials before one just has to take a break and let the thrill of the hunt rekindle.
This little puzzle started with the special envoys, and because of all of the fear mongering coming from “Bush 3”, you probably have not thought too much about one in particular; Richard Holbrooke as special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
From the CFR’s website: (bold emphasis is mine.)
Richard C. Holbrooke
Vice Chairman, Perseus LLC
Ambassador Holbrooke is vice chairman of Perseus LLC, a leading private equity firm. He is the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and member of the cabinet (1999-2001). He was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement (which ended the war in Bosnia), assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs (1994-96), U.S. ambassador to Germany (1993-94), assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs (1977-81), and a member of Averell Harriman’s delegation at the 1968-69 Paris Peace talks on Vietnam. He has also served as vice chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston, managing director of Lehman Brothers, managing editor of Foreign Policy, and director of the Peace Corps in Morocco. Ambassador Holbrooke has received seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations; is the author of To End A War; and is the co-author of Counsel to the President and one volume of the Pentagon Papers. He is the chairman of the Asia Society, chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, president and CEO of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, and serves on numerous boards. He is based in New York, NY.
As I was running through the list of the Board of Directors of the CFR, a few names started to look strangely familiar, and I, of course, became curious.
Frank J. Caufield
Co-Founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mr. Caufield is a co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a venture capital firm. Prior to the formation of KPCB in 1978, he was a general partner and manager of Oak Grove Ventures, a venture capital partnership located in Menlo Park, California. He is a past president of both the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Caufield has served on the boards of Quantum Corporation, Caremark Inc., AOL, Inc., Megabios, Verifone Inc., Wyse Technology, and Quickturn Corporation. He is currently the lead independent director of Time Warner. He also serves as a director of the U.S. Russia Investment Fund, Refugees International, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. He has served as chairman of the Child Abuse Prevention Society of San Francisco. He is based in San Francisco, CA.
What makes Frank Caufield interesting to me is that one of his partners, John Doerr has just been named to Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board along with Jim Owens of Caterpillar.
James W. Owens
Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
Mr. Owens is chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc. After joining the company in 1972 as a corporate economist, he has held numerous management positions. In 1995, he was named a group president and member of Caterpillar’s Executive Office. Over the next eight years as a group president, he was at various times responsible for 13 of the company’s 25 divisions. In December 2003, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named him vice chairman and appointed him chairman and chief executive officer effective February 1, 2004. He is a director of IBM and Alcoa Inc., as well as the Institute of International Economics. Mr. Owens is a member of the Business Council, Business Roundtable, and the Manufacturing Council in Washington, DC, and the Global Advisory Council to the Conference Board in New York. He is based in Peoria, IL.
Here is the complete list of the Board of Directors of CFR and you will notice that they are quite an interesting mix of finance, legal and media. Scroll down for the International Advisory Board, the Corporate Membership, and of course, Bambi’s Economic Advisory Board.
Board of Directors
Co-Chairman; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills & Company
Director and Senior Counselor, Citigroup, Inc.
Vice Chairman; Managing Partner, East End Advisors, LLC
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Rockport Capital, Inc.
M. Khadduri Prof. of Middle Eastern Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Principal, The Albright Group LLC
Senior International Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
President, Northwestern University
Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Co-Founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Chairman and CEO, The Duberstein Group, Inc.
Managing Partner, Millbrook Management Group LLC
Chairman, Stone Point Capital
Chairman & CEO, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
Vice Chairman, The Blackstone Group
Vice Chairman, Perseus LLC
President & Chief Executive Officer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Vice-Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Distinguished Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Senior Partner, Munger Tolles and Olson LLP
Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
United States Army (Ret.)
Cofounder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
President, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
CEO and Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock
President, The Whitman Strategy Group
Editor, Newsweek International
Officers and Directors Emeriti:
Leslie H. Gelb (President Emeritus)
Maurice R. Greenberg (Honorary Vice Chairman)
Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (Director Emeritus)
Peter G. Peterson (Chairman Emeritus)
David Rockefeller (Honorary Chairman)
Robert A. Scalapino (Director Emeritus)
I thought you might like to take a look at this also:
International Advisory Board
The International Advisory Board (IAB), established by the Board of Directors in 1995 under the chairmanship of David Rockefeller, Honorary Chairman of the Council, meets annually in conjunction with the fall Board meeting to offer perspectives on a broad range of matters of concern to the Council. IAB members are invited to comment on institutional programs and strategic directions, and on practical opportunities for collaboration between the Council and institutions abroad. They also provide invaluable international insights into U.S. foreign policy in discussions on a variety of issues—from the need for new strategies and institutions for the twenty-first century, to the value of multilateral approaches toward world problems, to ways to foster democratization.
The IAB includes the following distinguished individuals:
Peter G. Peterson, Chairman, International Advisory Board
Chairman Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations;
Senior Chairman and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group
Syed Babar Ali
(Pakistan) Chairman, Interbank; Advisor, Packages Limited; Former Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Planning, Pakistan
Khalid A. Alturki
(Saudi Arabia), Chairman, Trading and Development Company (TRADCO)
Mukesh D. Ambani
(India), Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.
Ahmad E. Bishara
(Kuwait), Secretary-General, National Democratic Movement
Mark C. Chona
(Zambia), Chairman and CEO, Sumika Consultancy and Management Services Ltd.; former Political Adviser to the President of Zambia
Gustavo A. Cisneros
(Venezuela), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisneros Group of Companies
(Germany) Chairman, Supervisory Board, ThyssenKrupp AG
Abdel Raouf El Reedy
(Egypt) Chairman, Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs
Jacob A. Frenkel
(Israel), Vice Chairman, American International Group; former Governor, Bank of Israel
(Russia), Chairman, Alfa Bank
(Japan), President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs; former Vice Minister of Finance, Japan
Baba Gana Kingibe
(Nigeria), AU Special Representative in the Sudan; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria
(Japan), Chief Corporate Adviser, Fuji Xerox Company, Ltd.
Rahmi M. Koç
(Turkey), Honorary Chairman, Koç Holdings A.S.
Luiz Felipe Lampreia
(Brazil), Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais; former Foreign Minister of Brazil
(France), Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Publicis Groupe
(Canada), former Prime Minister of Canada; Senior Partner, Ogilvy Renault
(Palestinian Authority), President, Al Quds University
(Japan), President, Japan International Cooperation Agency; former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
Lubna S. Olayan
(Saudi Arabia), Chief Executive Officer, Olayan Financing Company
(Spain), Senior Vice President, International Affairs and Marketing, AREVA
(Thailand), Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations; former Foreign Minister of Thailand
(India), President, New Delhi Television Ltd.
(Israel), Head, Foreign Policy Bureau, Likud Party; former Israeli Ambassador to the United States
(South Africa), Director, RMB Holdings
(Philippines), Chairman and Founder, SGV Group; Chairman, Asian Institute of Management
Horst M. Teltschik
(Germany), Chairman, Teltschik Associates GmbH
(Sweden), Chairman of the Board, Investor AB
(Indonesia) Senior Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta)
Shirley V. T. Brittain Williams
(United Kingdom), Member, House of Lords
(China), Director, Institute for International Relations, Beijing University
Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León
(Mexico), former President of Mexico; Director, Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University
Want to peruse the Corporate Membership Roster? I strongly suggest that you actually read the list and not just skim over it – you will see numerous names you now know the dirt about since the investigation of this bought presidency.
Please notice that GE is on this list among many others, and Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE is on the Economic Advisory Board. How many want to place bets that Oracle will be adding their name to this list as the President of Oracle is also on the EAB?
(as of February 07, 2009)
American Express Company
American International Group, Inc.
Bennett Jones LLP
Bridgewater Associates, Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Fortress Investment Group LLC
H.J. Heinz Company
Investcorp International, Inc.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Moody’s Investors Service
New Media Investments
Reliance Industries Limited
Rohatyn Group, The
Soros Fund Management
Standard Chartered Bank
Starwood Capital Group
Strategic Real Estate Advisors
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Access Industries, Inc.
AEA Investors Inc.
Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd.
Apax Partners, Inc.
Apollo Management, LP
Aramco Services Company
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.
Baker Capital Corp.
Baker, Nye Advisers, Inc.
Baldwin-Gottschalk Group, The
Bank of America
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, The
Blackstone Group, The
Boeing Company, The
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
CALYON Corporate and Investment Bank
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Cantillon Capital Management LLC
CH2M HILL Companies, LTD
Cisneros Group of Companies
CIT Group Inc.
CNA Corporation, The
Coca-Cola Company, The
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation
Craig Drill Capital Corporation
Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Deere & Company
Deutsche Bank AG
Duke Energy Corporation
EDS, an HP company
Enel North America
Energy Intelligence Group, Inc.
Equinox Partners, L.P.
Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
Federal Express Corporation
Ford Motor Company
Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc.
Future Pipe Industries, Inc.
General Atlantic LLC
General Electric Company
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
Granite Associates LP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin
Indus Capital Partners, LLC
InsCap Management, LLC
Invus Group, LLC
J.E. Robert Companies
Jacobs Asset Management, LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Kometal GMBH Austria
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
Marathon Oil Company
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Marubeni America Corporation
MBIA Insurance Corporation
Medley Global Advisors
Merck & Co., Inc.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Mitsubishi International Corporation
Mitsui & Co., Inc.
Moore Capital Management LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Munich Re America Corporation
National Interest Security Company
Natixis North America, Inc.
New York Life International, Inc.
News Corporation, The
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Olayan Group, The
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Peter Kimmelman Asset Management LLC
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation
Principal Financial Group
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Resource Holdings, Ltd.
Rho Capital Partners
Rothschild North America, Inc.
Sandalwood Securities, Inc.
Shell Oil Company
Sidley Austin LLP
Silver Lake Partners
Sony Corporation of America
Standard & Poor’s
Stanford Financial Group
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Tata Group, The
Time Warner Inc.
Tishman Speyer Properties, Inc.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United Technologies Corporation
Verizon Communications Inc.
Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Vornado Realty Trust
Wyoming Investment Corporation
Ziff Brothers Investments LLC
Airbus North America
Apple Core Hotels Inc.
Arnold & Porter LLP
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Banca di Roma
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Control Risks Group
Covington & Burling
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
First Atlantic Capital, Ltd.
French-American Chamber of Commerce
Idemitsu Apollo Corporation
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
JETRO New York
Joukowsky Family Foundation
Mine Safety Appliances Company
Oxford Analytica Inc.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association
Warburg Pincus LLC
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Zephyr Management, L.P.
I swear the web is never-ending. At least 30 of these companies have been on this very site reading about the economic collapse and Bambi’s birth certificate issues, and now they want us to trust our hard earned money with the people that Bambi chose to lead us out of this economic mess? (Especially Penny Pritzker of the Superior Bank seizure or William Donaldson of the “let’s give Madoff a pass” fame?)
A full list of the advisory board:
William H. Donaldson, Chairman, SEC
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA-CREF
Robert Wolf, Chairman & CEO, UBS Group Americas
David F. Swensen, CIO, Yale University
Mark T. Gallogly, Founder & Managing Partner, Centerbridge Partners L.P.
Penny Pritzker, Chairman & Founder, Pritzker Realty Group
John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
Jim Owens, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
Monica C. Lozano, Publisher & Chief Executive Officer, La Opinion
Charles E. Phillips, Jr., President, Oracle Corporation
Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU
Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Dean, Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley
Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE