The Council of Five is the leadership of the Illuminati, being the predecessor of Majestic 12's later Council of Twelve. Its members are composed of nobles, the affluent, and business magnates who have a lot of influence in world events, progress, and economy. As of 2029, the council consists of the following five members:
- Lucius DeBeers, Prima Illuminatus (leader) of the Illuminati.
- Morgan Everett, CEO of Everett Global Enterprises and Picus' Montréal branch, DeBeers' protegé.
- Elizabeth DuClare, World Health Organization spokeswoman and their de facto leader, noble.
- Stanton Dowd, leader of the Knights Templar.
- Volkard Rand
A young Bob Page acts as a protegé to Morgan Everett around this time and can be seen with him in the council.
By 2035, the council ceased to exist after the MJ12 coup, forcing most, if not all, of the former council members into hiding. Having taken over the Illuminati's role in the world, MJ12 replaced the Council of Five with MJ12's Council of Twelve.
Even after the Illuminati's revival some time after the Collapse, the council was not reestablished. The Illuminati were instead led by Chad Dumier, chairman of the World Trade Organization, and Nicolette DuClare, the daughter of Elizabeth DuClare and Her Holiness of the Order Church, who both saw the ideals and methods of the previous Illuminati as flawed.