The 13 most powerful members of 'Skull and Bones'

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In 1832, Yale students - including future President William Howard Taft's father - founded one of America's most famous secret societies: Skull and Bones .

Each year, only 15 juniors are "tapped," or chosen, for lifetime membership in the club.

A windowless building on 64 High St., the "Tomb," serves as the club's headquarters. The roof is a landing pad for a private helicopter, according to Alexandra Robbins' book, "Secrets of the Tomb : Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. " F or that perk and others, Bonesmen must swear total allegiance to the club.

New members reportedly divulge intimate personal details, including their full sexual histories , before they're inducted. They also agree to give part of their estates to the club. But, in return, they receive the promise of lifelong financial stability - so they won't feel tempted to sell the club's secrets, Robbins writes.

From among those business titans, politicians, and three US presidents, we picked the honor roll.

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