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Squawking Davos with Hollywood and Wall Street stars


Talking Squawk, the official "Squawk Box" blog, provides tidbits, insights and some sarcastic reflections on the WEEK THAT WAS and the WEEK TO COME from the notepad of the show's senior executive producer.

Squawking Davos

It's a perfect venue for "Squawk Box"—a who's who of corporate leaders, megabankers, policymakers, Hollywood A-listers, hedge fund honchos, billionaire financiers and, of course, our intrepid co-hosts Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Which means before we get to all the serious stuff, we have a link to the video of Joe touring the local "High Altitude" brewery, and our crew couldn't travel to Switzerland without giving curling a try.

But we actually did some work, too. It's hard to sum up all we learned and who we met. It's a true example of when it rains, it pours. But the interviews are worth a closer look, so I'll link to many of them below and you can pick and choose. (OR JUST WATCH THEM ALL!)

$1 billion!

Want to win a billion dollars?

All you have to do is fill out a perfect NCAA March Madness college basketball pool, and Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans will send the check in the mail.

The Louisville Cardinals celebrate after winning against Syracuse during the final of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament in March 2013.
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The Louisville Cardinals celebrate after winning against Syracuse during the final of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament in March 2013.

It's a good thing Warren Buffett is insuring this contest!

Shark Tank Tuesdays

He's a shark in business clothes.

"Shark Tank's" own Kevin O'Leary spent a morning on the "Squawk Box" set this week and gave us his thoughts on government regulation and the challenges facing small business.

Earnings on tap

Hair Nation (courtesy of @colonelglasses, aka "Squawk Box" producer Dave Evans)

Joe arriving in Davos sought to protect one of his most valuable assets.

Joe also rubbed elbows with Hollywood A-listers in the World Economic Forum.

Here's the Davos interview with Goldie Hawn on meditation, plus Matt Damon on his mission to provide clean water.

Must follow them @

@chuckleavell (He's the fifth Rolling Stone, and he hung out in the studio Tuesday playing some classic rock!)

@groovebookApp (Kevin O'Leary of "Shark Tank" brought this phone-to-photo book company to us, and we signed up instantly! Great idea!)

Word Jumble

With Joe and Becky on the road, their years-long grudge match was suspended for the week. (Apparently they don't do the Jumble in Davos!) Let's give them both a practice word to keep them fresh. Joe's bonus word of the week is DCLAER. Becky's bonus word is NFOCLA. Find the answers at the end of the blog.

Mark your calendar (or set your DVR)

  • Monday: Michael Ryan, chief investment strategist at UBS; private equity billionaire Wilbur Ross; and former State Department economic guru Robert Hormats
  • Tuesday: Bob Doll of Nuveen; Omega Advisors CEO Leon Cooperman, former Citigroup Chairman Dick Parsons; buy-and-hold investor Ron Baron; and Richard Kovacevich, former boss at Wells Fargo
  • Wednesday: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; and real estate bigwigs Stephen Ross and Richard Lefrak
  • Thursday: AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson; Evercore Partners CEO Ralph Schlosstein; and legendary investor John Bogle
  • Friday: Super Bowl Special! Robert McNair of the Houston Texans; Jonathan Tisch, treasurer of the New York Giants; Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; and Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets

Next week's economic calendar

  • Monday: New Home Sales
  • Tuesday: Durable Goods Orders
  • Wednesday: FOMC meeting announcement
  • Thursday: GDP and Jobless Claims
  • Friday: Personal Income and Spending

The Corny-Sappy Motivational Business-Based Inspirational Quote

"Embrace what you don't know, especially in the beginning, because what you don't know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things differently from everybody else."
—Sara Blakely, Spanx founder

—By CNBC's Matthew Quayle . Follow him on Twitter @matthew_quayle.

*Joe's Jumble bonus word answer: DCLAER=Cradle

*Becky's Jumble bonus word answer: NFOCLA=Falcon

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