Originally composed of a group of five finance ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States, in 1975 it added heads of state and government, and Italy became a Member. Canada's entry in 1996 made it the G7, and with Russia's involvement it became the G8. This should not be confused with the G-77, born at the height of the Cold War. It represented 77 developing countries non-aligned with either the US or former Soviet Union. It now numbers more than 130 countries.
Group of 8. An informal group of 8 countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each year, G-8 leaders and representatives from the European Union meet to discuss broad economic and foreign policies.
G-8 was an heroic aviator and spy during World War I in pulp fiction. He started in his own title G-8 and His Battle Aces, published by Popular Publications. All stories were written by Robert J Hogan, under his own name.