"Putting the global elite in perspective is hard because it is a network of interlocking groups and intermarriages between elite families. A recent read helped me some: America's Secret Establishment, An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones by Antony Sutton, research fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford U.
Sutton says: The Illuminati was founded at the University of Ingolstadt and operated in Germany. The Group was founded at All Souls College, Oxford University and operates in UK. The Order was founded at Yale University and operates in the United States. The Club of Rome was founded at Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. Of course the Politburo operates in Russia. What all these have in common is the promotion of the New World Order--one global government. Now imagine dozens of splinter organizations promoting the ideas of each of these in dozens of different countries. Imagine how they draw in the top people from technology, the military, academia, politics, the banking industry, the media in meetings like Bilderberg. Then cover it all with a cloak of secrecy and darkness. Then cover it more with a media blitz of propaganda. Is it any wonder that it is not so simple to identify "the global elite?"