The Hellfire Club is an elite social organization roots going back to the 18th century. Founded in England, the HFC is now a global organization with major branches in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Milan. With its membership comprised of wealthy, powerful, and celebrated people from all over the world, it is the most powerful social club existing today. Membership can be inherited from parents in the club; without such ties, membership can only be gained by invitation — such invitations are rarely refused, as belonging to the Hellfire Club is seen as the ultimate status symbol, and a way to increase power and wealth and prestige.
The Inner Circle
Behind the scenes of the international social club for wealthy elites lies the HFC's real core — the Club is run by a secretive Inner Circle, a group of mutants whose goals are to influence world events in order to accumulate power. The Inner Circle allows only mutants of exceptional ability and usefulness — not necessarily those with the most powerful mutations, but those with the intelligence and skills to further their goals — into their ranks. Its members rank themselves according to a system of chess pieces, led by Kings and Queens.