18 Powerful Groups (And People) That Secretly Rule The World

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Conspiracy theorists love to drone on about secret groups of reptilians, Illuminati, and, uh, shadow people? controlling the world. The thing is, they're not wrong about the fact that small groups have a disproportionate amount of power. They're just wrong about who they are.

Following are some actual examples of startlingly powerful, relatively unknown groups and individuals.

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The Academie Francaise is a secretive 40-person group that rules on how people use French. Not everyone listens to them, but they're taken pretty seri

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IN A COUNTRY WHERE FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND INSTAGRAM DREAM OF GOING, ONE MAN RUNS IT ALL. Ma Huateng is one of China's richest men and the founder of W

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Over 66% of Fortune 500 companies base themselves in Delaware due to its business friendly laws... Laws that are written by just five people. The Dela

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WCSN WORTH GLOBAL STYLE NETWORK PRETTY MUCH CONTROLS YOUR FASHION. THEY WORK WITH BIG FASHION COMPANIES SUCH AS ARMANI, WALMART AND MARKS AND SPENCER

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