Why Does Klaus Schwab Think That Vladimir Putin Was a WEF Young Global Leader?
You can forgive an old man
There is a very interesting 2019 video of an interview in Costa Rica in which Klaus Schwab lists Tony Blair, Angela Merkel, and Vladimir Putin as former World Economic Forum “Young Global Leaders”. (Hat tip to reader.)
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Apparently WEF “Young Global Leaders” must be 38 or under when they are admitted. At 38 Putin would have still been in the KGB in the dying days of the USSR in 1990.
Also, WEF didn’t start the Young Global Leaders program (as “Global Leaders for Tomorrow”) until 1993 when Putin was already 41.
I doubt Putin was a WEF Young Leader, I think Schwab misremembered. But I also think that Schwab wrongly remembering Putin being a young WEF hope is notable.
I think that an old guy like Schwab (in 2019 he was already 81) can be excused to under the pressure of a live interview wrongly remember someone whom he first met in 1992 and who still addresses him with “dear Klaus” was one of his old “Young Global Leaders”.
An ex-Junger Globaler Führer or not, there aren’t many sitting heads of state who are happier to conference with good ole Schwab than Putin.