Bilderberg meets in Lisbon

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This week, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, will be collaborating with influential leaders from companies such as Microsoft and Google at a private gathering of business and political elites in Lisbon, Portugal.

The annual Bilderberg Meeting will prioritize discussions on artificial intelligence, bringing together notable figures like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, DeepMind head Demis Hassabis, and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, CNBC reported.

Joining the tech industry luminaries are prominent political figures, including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. These individuals will engage in diverse conversations encompassing international relations, trade, energy, and finance.

Approximately 130 participants from 23 countries are expected to attend the exclusive event, a number consistent with previous years. Notable attendees include Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, Bernard Looney, CEO of BP, Patrick Pouyanne, CEO of TotalEnergies, investor Peter Thiel, and several EU politicians.

The three-day gathering, spanning from Thursday to Sunday this year, maintains an air of secrecy. Discussions occur behind closed doors, and adherence to Chatham House rules ensures the confidentiality of speakers’ identities and affiliations.

While the secretive nature of the meeting has sparked conspiracy theories akin to those surrounding other high-level conferences like the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the event organizers emphasize that the confidentiality allows for more open and unrestricted discussions.

Written by staff