The 1001 Club
The following was taken verbatim (in November 2010) from WWF web site:
"The 1001: A Nature Trust is an endowment fund created in 1971 to provide WWF International with a financial base to maintain a sustainably managed organization. The fund aims to engage influential members of society, those that are able to bring about change in the world, in the conservation activities of WWF.
The idea for the fund came from Dr Anton Rupert, a founding member of WWF; HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands translated the idea into reality by inviting 1000 influential people from around the world to join him in investing in the endowment – hence the name The 1001: A Nature Trust." 
Behind the glossy, feel-good image cultivated by its PR people and on display at its Web Site  lies an altogether different reality.
A 1993 Washington Monthly article hints at it:
"The secret list of members includes a disproportionate percentage of South Africans, all too happy in an era of social banishment to be welcomed into a socially elite society. Other contributors include businessmen with suspect connections, including organized crime, environmentally destructive development, and corrupt African politics. Even an internal report called WWF's approach egocentric and neocolonialist."
For an in-depth study of this group, including detailed membership lists see the ISGP website:
- The 1001 Club - The 1001 Club: Bankers and Raw Materials Executives Striving for a Sustainable Future
- Photocopies 1978, 1987 and 2010 confidential list of the WWF's 1001 Club plus many biographies 6 September 2010
- The 1001: A Nature Trust - A Prestigious Group of People
- WWF web site home page
- Washington Monthly , May 1993 v25 n5 p60(2) At the Hand of Man: Peril and Hope for Africa's Wildlife. Ann O'Hanlon.