It's been called summer camp for moguls. But between bike rides, hikes and whitewater rafting, deals are being made.
This week boutique bank Allen & Co. is hosting its annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, gathering billionaire investors, media heavyweights and tech titans to spark conversation and broker deals. The private jets start landing Tuesday afternoon; panel discussions and speakers start Wednesday morning on topics ranging from national security to education and continue through the week, until it's wheels up again on Saturday.
Attendees are captains of industry: Disney CEO Bob Iger, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Warren Buffett and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are among the returning regulars. This year there are new giants on the list: GM CEO Mary Barra, Tesla and SpaceX's Elon Musk, and IBM's Ginny Rometty.
Allen & Co also highlights a selection of hot start-ups. This year, AirBNB's CEO Brian Chesky, Snapchat's Evan Spiegel, Nextdoor's Nirav Tolia, and EventBrite's Julia Hartz are expected to attend.
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Notably, there are more women on the list than in recent years. In addition to Barra, Rometty and Hartz, Spanx CEO Sara Blakey is attending for the first time, along with Grokker CEO Lorna Borenstein. But even though the number has grown, there are still fewer than two dozen total.