by Gus Lubin & Samuel Blackstone | Business Insider
The secretive group that runs the Olympics is expected to earn a record $8 billion in the 2009-2012 quadrennial cycle, according to Sportcal.
Formed to promote “Olympism,” the International Olympic Committee doesn’t get rich off the Games, but they do enjoy themselves.
The 109-member Committee gets wined and dined by cities and corporations bidding for contracts, and they get treated like royalty at the Games.
Several times they’ve been caught taking bribes, but generally what happens in Switzerland stays in Switzerland.
Olympic revenue increased 47% in the latest quadrennial.
The Committee is conveniently located in tax haven Switzerland.
What’s more, bribery was basically legal in Switzerland until recently. Stronger anti-corruption laws are finally coming into place after another bribery scandal at the IOC and FIFA resulted in almost no convictions.
Count Jacques Rogge leads a group of 109.
The Committee, which can hold up to 115 members, is composed of royals, nobles, CEOs and Olympians. Since Rogge took the helm in 2001, it has opened up to a larger number of Olympians. Still the IOC’s co-option method of selecting members ensures that it remains an elite group.
Royals include Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Abdulaziz, Prince Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Albert II and Princess Nora of Liechtenstein.