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Famous Secret Societies List

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List RulesNotable secret societies, private organizations, and exclusive clubs

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List of Famous Secret Societies ranked by fame and notoriety. A secret society is an exclusive group or club that keeps many of its rituals, activities and membership secret from the general public. Secret societies are regularly based upon the membership's shared beliefs in politics, religion and society. Universities are home to some of the most famous confidential clubs.

Which is the most famous secret society? Yale University's undergraduate club Skull and Bones tops our list. Skull and Bones members have been known to steal keepsakes from other Yale societies and they are believed to be in possession of the skulls of Martin Van Buren, Geronimo and Pancho Villa. The Skull and Bones club are the topic of many conspiracy theories that associate them with the Illuminati and the C.I.A.

The Illuminati are also one of the best known secret societies. Though their existence and membership is top secret, the Illuminati are credited with masterminding world events and planting members in powerful positions to create the New World Order. George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Jay-Z are all suspected members of the Illuminati.

What do you think about secret societies? Are they secretly controlling world events? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  • Skull and Bones is an undergraduate senior secret society at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. It is the oldest senior class landed society at Yale. The society's alumni organization, the...  more
  • The Scroll and Key Society is a secret society, founded in 1842 at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. It is the second oldest Yale secret society and has many distinguished members. Each...  more
  • Rosicrucians

  • Illuminati

    Illuminati is a standalone card game made by Steve Jackson Games, inspired by the 1975 book, The Illuminatus! Trilogy, by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. The game has ominous secret societies...  more
  • Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

  • Seven Society

    The Seven Society is the most secretive of the University of Virginia's secret societies. Members are only revealed after their death, when a wreath of black magnolias in the shape of a "7" is placed...  more
  • The Bilderberg Meeting is an annual conference established in 1954 to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. The group’s agenda, originally to prevent another world war, is now defined as...  more
  • United Order of the Golden Cross

  • The United Ancient Order of Druids

  • The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm

  • Theta Nu Epsilon

  • Order of the Bull's Blood

  • Flat Hat Club

  • Eucleian Society

  • Order of the Turtle

  • Ancient Order of Hibernians

  • National Grange

  • Knights of Pythias

  • Ordo Templi Orientis

  • Knights of the Golden Eagle

  • The Priory of Sion

  • Thule Society

  • The Sons of Liberty

  • Woodmen