The world is run by a bunch of unelected powerful geriatrics. How do you replace them?
It’s the political race everyone is afraid to talk about.
For 52 years the World Economic Forum has been synonymous with its founder and executive chair Klaus Schwab, whose humble manner belies what many who know him describe as great ambition and boundless energy, even into his mid-80s.
Schwab has grown WEF’s $6,000 startup capital in 1971 into a $390 million a year business, turning a once sleepy organization into the think tank world’s FIFA.
When people are afraid to talk about a race, maybe something is seriously wrong there?
Klaus Schwab is a humble guy who tries to run the world. And he’s so humble he wants to rule forever. Now that’s true humility.
POLITICO spoke to 29 WEF corporate strategic partners, current and former WEF staffers, and members of the forum’s committees and communities.
They all agree: Schwab tightly controls the succession discussion.
Even those who know Schwab well profess little knowledge of his plans. Forum staffers have become used to Schwab putting a high-profile political figure in the frame for succession, only to see the idea disappear before it becomes a plan. Schwab has been reluctant to talk about succession, and has consistently refused to discuss a timetable.
The humility of the undying dictator who manipulates subordinates and clings to power.
Five of the people POLITICO spoke to said they suspect he will stay in the job until he dies, like the monarchs and popes his critics say he styles himself after.
Oh the humility, oh the humanity.
WEF insiders are typically unwilling to talk on-the-record about the organization’s post-Schwab future. All 29 people told POLITICO they feared being barred from WEF events, while others said even speaking anonymously could get them fired.
I’m sold. Klaus Schwab is incredibly humble. So humble he will destroy you if you oppose him.