Fact Check-Photo shows Florida resident, not World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab

Social media users are sharing a photograph of a man on a beach and claiming that it shows Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Examples can be seen (here) and (here).

The text in one post reads: “It’s a manifestation of compliance and nothing else. A true socio-engineering designed by sexually frustrated political elites like our beach butterfly Klaus Schwab, chairman of World’s Economic Forum. Is this who you want to design our lives? His plandemic his opportunity.”

Reuters Fact Check has previously debunked claims about Schwab regarding a conspiracy theory that COVID-19 is a depopulation plan (here), (here) and (here).

The earliest instance of the photograph Reuters could find was in a post published on July 11, 2021 on a Greek blog (archived ) which mentions Schwab.

Greek fact checker Ellinika Hoaxes debunked the claim (here), identifying the man in the photograph as a Key West, Florida resident with a similar name who has frequented the beach in similar outfits, as seen (here), (here) and (here).

Photographs of Klaus Schwab can be seen (here), (here) and (here).


False. The man in the photograph was identified as a Florida resident, not WEF founder and chairman Klaus Schwab.

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