Bill Murphy grew up in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 1968. During his senior year he broke all the single-season Ivy League pass-receiving records and was honorable mention on the All-America Football team. He was starting wide receiver for the Boston Patriots in 1968. Murphy went on to become a commodities broker in New York. In 1998 he opened LeMetropoleCafe.com, a financial market Internet site geared to the gold market. The following year he became chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, which seeks to expose the manipulation of the gold price.
Chris Powell, the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee's secretary/treasurer, has been in the newspaper business in Connecticut since graduating from high school in 1967. He has been managing editor of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Conn., since 1974 and was editorial page editor as well for many years. His column on Connecticut government and politics is published in the Journal Inquirer and a dozen other newspapers in the state and Rhode Island. He is legislative chairman of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and a director of the Connecticut Associated Press Managing Editors Association, of which he was president in 1999 and from 1983 to 1985. With Bill Murphy, Powell founded GATA in 1999.
Ferdinand Lips had a career of more than 50 years of experience in banking and finance, 30 of those involving gold mining. He was managing director of Rothschild Bank AG in Zurich and chief executive officer of his own bank, Bank Lips AG, in Zurich. In 1993 he was the No. 2 mutual fund manager worldwide with his in-house precious metals fund. In December 2000 Lips became a founding member of Lion Capital Group AG in Zurich. Lips served as a director in or adviser to Randgold & Exploration, Durban Roodeport Deep, Randgold Resources, Aflease Gold and Uranium, J-Pacific Gold, and Desert Sun Mining. He wrote several books on investing and gold, including "Gold Wars," released in the United States in 2002. He lectured widely on monetary history, bonds, and stock markets. His address, "Three Revolutions," was presented at the Gold Rush 21 conference in August 2005 by his partner in Lion Capital Group, J.P. Schumacher. He died in Switzerland a month later at age 74.
Reginald H. Howe
Reginald H. Howe is an author, private investor, and member of Golden Sextant Advisers LLC in Massachusetts, which provides consulting, management, and investment banking services to companies and private investors with an interest in gold. He formerly was a partner and member of the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Bologna (Italy) Center of the John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He was both plaintiff and counsel to the groundbreaking gold market anti-trust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boston, Howe vs. Bank for International Settlements et al., and is a consultant to the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee.
Peter George is a South Africa who graduated from Oxford University in England and earned a master's degree in business administration at the University of Cape Town. He was a member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 1969-1981, chairman of Wit Nigel gold mine from 1983-1987, and a member of the South African Bond Exchange from 1993-1997. He is investment adviser to Trinity Holdings in South Africa and writes frequent commentary on markets, currencies, and gold.
Catherine Austin Fitts is president of Solari Inc., an investment advisory firm, and is former managing director and a member of the board of directors of the Wall Street investment bank Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. She was assistant secretary of housing and federal housing commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush administration. She also was president and founder of Hamilton Securities Group Inc., a broker-dealer/investment bank and software developer. She was considered for nomination to the Federal Reserve Board during the first Bush administration. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School. She is a member of the board of directors of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee.
Antal E. Fekete
Antal E. Fekete, professor emeritus at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is an economics historian. He was born and educated in Hungary and moved to Canada in 1956. He worked in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. W. E. Dannemeyer for five years, handling monetary and fiscal reform issues, until 1990. He taught as visiting professor of economics at the Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City in 1996. Since 2001 he has been consulting professor at Sapientia University in Romania. In 1996 Fekete won first prize in the international currency essay contest sponsored by Bank Lips Ltd. of Switzerland. He operates Gold Standard University on the Internet.
John Brimelow is a gold broker for Aegis Capital in New York. He was born and educated in England, obtaining a bachelor's degree from the University of Sussex in 1970. He came to the United States to attend Stanford University, attaining an MBA in 1972. Until 1980 he worked for the international division of North Carolina National Bank, now part of Bank of America. He has worked on Wall Street since 1980 and writes a daily commentary on the gold market.
James Turk is founder and chairman of GoldMoney.com, which provides a convenient and economical way to buy and sell gold via the Internet using digital gold currency, for which he has been awarded three U.S. patents. He has specialized in international banking, finance, and investments since graduating in 1969 from George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in international economics. He began his business career with Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1980 he joined RTB Inc., the private investment and trading company of a prominent precious metals trader. He moved to the United Arab Emirates in December 1983 to become manager of the commodity department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the investment strategies for the authority's portfolio of precious metals. Since resigning that position in March 1987 he has written The Freemarket Gold & Money Report, an investment newsletter. Turk is the author of "The Illusions of Prosperity" (1985), "Social Security: Lies, Myths, and Reality" (1992), several monographs on money and banking, and, most recently, with John Rubino, "The Coming Collapse of the Dollar."
Robert K. Landis
Robert K. Landis
is a partner in Golden Sextant Advisors LLC and a director of Western
Quebec Mines Inc. He formerly was managing director of Schooner Capital
International L.P. and held a variety of positions in Merrill Lynch
& Co.'s Investment Banking Group. Before joining Merrill Lynch Landis
was a lawyer with the New York firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett,
where he practiced corporate and securities law in New York and London.
He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School and
is a member of the New York bar.
John Embry joined Sprott Asset Management Inc. in 2003 as chief investment strategist with focus on the Sprott Gold and Precious Minerals Fund and the Sprott Strategic Offshore Gold Fund Ltd. He is an expert in the precious metals industry, having researched the gold sector for more than 30 years, and has been managing investment portfolios since 1963. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Embry began his investment career as a stock selection analyst and portfolio manager at Great West Life. He became the firm's vice president of pension investments. After 23 years with the company, Embry became a partner with United Bond and Share, an investment counseling firm acquired by Royal Bank of Canada in 1987. He became vice president and equities and portfolio manager at RBC Global Investment Management, where he oversaw $5 billion in assets, including the flagship $2.9 billion Royal Canadian Equity Fund and the $250 million Royal Precious Metals Fund, the No. 1-ranked fund in Canada in 2002 for its gain of 153 percent.
Jeffrey Dahl is president and director of Samex Mining Corp. After completeing the Canadian securities course with honors in 1984, he began a career as an investment adviser with Canarim Investments Ltd. (now Canaccord Capital). In 10 years he built a successful clientele while focusing on natural resource investments. Dahl participated in or led numerous venture, private placement, initial public offering, and public company financings, including Miramar Mining Corp. and Northern Orion Explorations Ltd. Dahl assisted in the formation and eventual listing and public offering financing of Circumpacific Energy Corp., serving as CEO and director for a time. With the help of family and business contacts, Dahl founded Samex in 1993. Dahl left Canaccord in June 1995 to work full-time for Samex, where he has researched financial markets and gold and silver as monetary investments.
James Mortensen obtained a master's degree in geological engineering at the University of British Columbia in 1979 and a PhD in geological sciences at the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1983. He taught mineral deposits and mineral engineering for two years at the University of British Columbia and spent seven years as a research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa. In 1992 he returned to the University of British Columbia to take a faculty position, which he has held since that time. Mortensen's research aims mainly to understand the nature and origin of mineral deposits, especially gold, and in particular the specific controls on the development of economic deposits in the Yukon and Alaska. He works extensively in tectonic and mineral deposit studies elsewhere in western North America as well as in New Zealand and Australia. He has been carrying out geological studies in the Yukon for more than 30 years and has researched the geology and gold deposits of the Klondike District since 1983.
Hugo Salinas Price is founder, former chief executive officer, and honorary president of Gruop Elektra, the Mexican retailing company. He is also founder of the Mexican Civic Association Pro Silver, which for 10 years has been advocating the introduction of a monetized silver coin in parallel circulation with fiat pesos in Mexico. Legislation to that effect now is under serious consideration before the Mexican Congress. He is the world's leading advocate of silver's role as money.
Adam Fleming was educated at Eton College and joined the family business, Robert Fleming Holdings, in 1970. He moved to South Africa in 1991 to open company offices in southern Africa (Fleming Martin in South Africa, Edwards & Co. in Zimbabwe, and Stockbrokers Botswana in that country). He was chairman and major shareholder of West Rand Consolidated Mines and Kalahari Goldridge Mining Co., which merged with Harmony Gold Mining Co. in 1999. He retired as deputy chairman of Robert Fleming Holdings in 1999 and joined the board of Harmony as chairman. Robert Fleming Holdings was sold to JP Morgan Chase in August 2000. Fleming joined Fleming Family & Partners as a senior adviser in June 2003. He retired as chairman of Harmony in September 2003 and became chairman of Wits Gold, which is assembling potential gold mining properties in South Africa.
Field is an investment adviser and market analyst who writes frequently
about currencies and precious metals.