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." 
The founder, Bernhard von Biesterfeld, was a deep politician who was Bilderberg/Steering committee/Chairman for over 20 years. A small group of fellow Bilderbergers (Gianni Agnelli and David Rockefeller of the Steering committee and Marcus Wallenberg Jr.) were regular Bilderbergers in the late 1960s, and guest of the late 1960s Bilderbergs included others who became members of the 1001 Club, including Douglas Dillon, Henry Ford II, Thomas Jones, Cyril Kleinwort, Allen Lambert, Robert McNamara, Stavros Niarchos, Hans Merkle and Philip Mountbatten.
Later Bilderberg Steering committee members who were also members of the 1001 club included Conrad Black, Bertrand Collomb, Alfred Herrhausen and Marcus "Husky" Wallenberg. In all, at least 40 members of the 1001 Club have also attended one or more Bilderberg meetings.
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
- Agha Hasan Abedi, Gianni Agnelli, Umberto Agnelli, Max Aitken, Robert O. Anderson, Berthold Beitz, Conrad Black, David Bruce, Bertrand Collomb, Michel David-Weill, Douglas Dillon, Eric Drake, Gustavo Cisneros, Alfred Herrhausen, Basil E. Hersov, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Henry Ford II, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, Thomas Jones, George F. Baker Jr, Cyril Kleinwort, Allen Lambert, George Livanos, Robert McNamara, Hans Merkle, Philip Mountbatten, Peter Munk, Stavros Niarchos, William Purves, Jean Riboud, David Rockefeller, Tibor Rosenbaum, Edmund de Rothschild, Max Schmidheiny, Stephan Schmidheiny, Mobutu Sese Seko, Walter C. Teagle, Marcus Wallenberg (born 1956), Peter Wallenberg, Ardeshir Zahedi
- 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.