The man who runs the World Economic Forum you know nothing about

Ashish Shukla
6 min readJan 23, 2023


Illustration: Courtesy Financial Times

(This is a reprint from NewsBred)

(In the first of the two-part series, you read about how World Economic Forum operates. This concluding one is about its founder Klaus Schwab — NewsBred)

Klaus Schwab indeed has succeeded beyond his wildest dream in building World Economic Forum where the world’s most powerful t line-up in Davos every year in search of material salvation.

It’s an extraordinary journey which began with his birth in 1938 in Ravensburg, Germany, in the household of Eugen Schwab, a mechanical engineer who was on the wrong side of history in aiding Adolf Hitler’s atomic bomb effort through his company, Sulzer Escher Wyss. For good enough reason, this Nazi connection has been scrubbed clean from public attention.

Schwab Sr had no doubt that Klaus would only be something if he attends Harvard which the latter duly did in the 1960s and his life was never the same.

His professor in Harvard was Dr Henry Kissinger, also born in Germany, who had been earmarked for bigger role by the American establishment, keen as the US was to hold sway over Europe at a weak moment of its history after the Second World War.

Henry had arrived in the United States as a Jewish immigrant fleeing Germany in the same year Klaus had been born, in 1938. He had been born Heinz Kissinger but changed it to Henry once on the American soil. He took part in World War II in the military intelligence wing, hunting down Nazi and Gestapo officials. Once the War was over, he returned to academics, completing his MA and PhD degrees from Harvard and yet seeking recruitment as a spy for FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). Kissinger remained in the University campus long after, serving as director of the Harvard International Seminar between 1951 and 1971.

Kissinger was leading a 22-man panel of advisors to help shape “European Policy” and Klaus Schwab caught his eye early. It was later revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had been funding Kissinger’s Seminars to the tune of $135,000.

Harvard then was known the world over as playing a pivotal role in Cold War policy-making targeting Europe. Destiny placed Klaus Schwab right amongst its early proponents. The method used was to play on the Nuclear annihilation fear of the Europeans, now that the Soviet Union too had its N-bombs.

Henry Kissinger, Klaus Schwab and Ted Heath at the 1980 World Economic Forum Annual Meetin

Kissinger saw in Klaus a potential future leader and the young German was introduced to John K. Galbraith and Herman Kahn, the two other intellectual giants of the American establishment.

Kahn had made his reputation on thermonuclear deterrence, Galbraith on Public Policy and Kissinger, as we know, in shaping the foreign policy of the United States, and as he saw, of the world.

The one common thread in all three was their connection with the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), the American branch of the Anglo-American imperialist “Round Table” movement. Galbraith was closer to Kissinger and together their goal was to ensure Europe is beholden to the United States, the new world power. The gambit was fear of Nuclear bombs. The agenda was to control Europe’s social and economic policies.

The year 1973 wad described by Richard Nixon as being the “Year of Europe”. It was a willing ally in the project of European Economic Community (EEC), formed in 1957, which has now evolved into European Union (EU).

Kissinger was quick to grasp the essence of “Year of Europe” and revived the dying North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), working on the war-fears of the Europeans.

Klaus Schwab was chosen to be the vehicle for such a goal. In 1970, Klaus wrote to the European Commission about setting up a “non-commercial think tank for European business leaders.” Galbraith was to fly over to Europe, along with Kahn, to help Schwab convince the European elites to back the project. The European Commission came aboard to sponsor this so-called “European Management Symposium” which within a year was to transform itself into the World Economic Forum.

On the face of it, the World Economic Forum was a European project — in reality, it was the handiwork of the US establishment for the CIA after all had been funding Kissinger for the same.

Galbraith was the keynote speaker in the first edition of World Economic Forum in 1971 but the second one lacked fizz. Klaus, at this stage, took a gamble which continues to pay huge dividends to this day.

The Club of Rome Gamble

Some three years ago, in 1968, the Club of Rome had been founded by Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei and Scottish chemist Alexander King at a Rockefeller family residence in Bellagio, Italy. It had quickly become an influential think tank of the scientific, technocratic and wealthy elites. It promoted a global governance model by the elites.

As the WEF was tossing up and down in its second edition, the Club of Rome had published a controversial work, “The Limits to Growth” which claimed the burgeoning population won’t have enough resources available by the year 2000. Klaus Schwab approached Peccei if he would be available for the keynote speech at the 1973 World Economic Forum which the latter duly did. This risque’ public relations strategy was the steroid which pumped up the WEF. There was no looking back.

It was a controversial association for the Club of Rome was obsessed with reducing the global population which was described by its critics as influenced by Nazi’s eugenics. In its another book, “The First Global Revolution”, the mention was made that “the common enemy of humanity is Man himself.”

Below is this entire passage in the book which sounds eerie familiar to the WEF of modern times:

“In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill…all these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself.”

The WEF today uses the same issues of climate, environment, pandemic etc to what its critics believe is the agenda of “one world government” where the majority would willingly surrender itself to surveillance. The imbalance in flow of money would make the majority lose life’s essentials and livelihoods and the depopulation of the world would be set in motion.

The WEF “recruits” in due course would embed themselves into the system, generation after generation; the Big Business, political honchos and academia virtually would be running the world.

These “recruits” are the “stakeholders” which Klaus Schwab is so fond of referring. All powerful attract similar forces and these “stakeholders” gradually take the power away from democratic forces without the blood of common people on their hand.

This breed has only multiplied over the years and the so-called free society is beholden to them. They hold all the aces while common people live under the illusion of democratic processes and petty distraction by the media.

Klaus Schwab in subsequent years was to aid the nuclear ambitions of the South African apartheid regime through the same company, Sulzer Escher Wyss, which had been the creation of his father, Eugen. That South African regime was the closest to Nazi-style governance reveals a habit of Schwab family to work with the genocidal dictators for immense profit and power. Its an Orwellian doublespeak that while the WEF today advocates nuclear non-proliferation, its Maker at one time apparently loved the bomb. The depopulation theory, of course, has a common link with the eugenics policy of the Nazis.

The man, unscrutinized while sitting on the globalist throne, unsurprisingly has whims and could take offence quickly. The Vanity Fair describes a moment when a Forum employee mistakenly pulled her car into Schwab’s spot in the parking lot. She was duly fired. Audi reserves its fanciest vehicles at a steep discount for Schwabs. His globe-trotting, catering, security services etc bills are footed by the Forum.

His nephew, Hans Schwab, now uses the Forum’s own funds to manage its logistics through his Global Events Management company — again acquiring the startup capital from the Forum. He hosts Forum’s all events, a deal worth several million dollars a year.

(A fair number of facts in this piece have come through the tweets and pieces Johnny Vedmore has run on his blog, Unlimited Hangout)




Ashish Shukla

Author, International journalist, Publishes as antidote to media lies