Fact Check: World Economic Forum Chief Klaus Schwab Did NOT Suffer 'Second' Heart Attack

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  • by: Alex Kuli

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: World Economic Forum Chief Klaus Schwab Did NOT Suffer 'Second' Heart Attack No 1st Either

Did World Economic Forum (WEF) Chairman Klaus Schwab suffer a second heart attack? No, that's not true: A WEF press spokesman said Schwab has never experienced a heart attack and confirmed that he is in "good health."

The claim appeared in a Twitter post (archived here) on December 1, 2022. It opened:

🚨BREAKING: Hearing *unconfirmed* reports via Continental Telegraph that Klaus Schwab has suffered a second heart attack.

➡️ Updates coming.

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Mon Dec 5 08:39:15 2022 UTC)

WEF spokesman Yann Zopf told Lead Stories by telephone on December 5, 2022, that the claim was false:

I can absolutely confirm that this is not true. There is no basis for that whatsoever. Mr. Schwab is in good health.

Zopf added that Schwab had never suffered a first heart attack, let alone a second one.

A keyword search conducted on December 5, 2022, revealed that no reliable news site is carrying the story, which would have received global attention.

The website that the Twitter user cites as the source of the information, the Continental Telegraph, was last updated on November 7, 2022.

Schwab is the frequent target of misinformation on social media in relation to his Great Reset initiative, which many conspiracy theorists view as an elite plot to install a global government that will enslave humanity. The Great Reset is a plan to build a more inclusive, environmentally sustainable version of capitalism after the results of the coronavirus pandemic. Lead Stories has debunked claims that the Great Reset is a front for an elite power grab.

Other Lead Stories fact checks about Schwab and the World Economic Forum can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

Updates:

  • 2022-12-06T09:27:06Z 2022-12-06T09:27:06Z
    Added more detail from the WEF spokesperson on the claim there ever even was a first heart attack.

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  Alex Kuli

Alex Kuli is a journalist and editor based in Budapest, Hungary. Since graduating from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in journalism, Alex has worked as a writer, producer and sometime correspondent for CNN International, a pharmaceutical-industry reporter for Bloomberg News, and a political analyst covering eastern Europe. His career has included stints as a media trainer for the government of Montenegro and as a freelance correspondent for the Associated Press. Alex is presently working on a historical book about Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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