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Where The Rich, Famous & Powerful Converge

A small town in the Swiss Alps is overrun for a week every winter by the biggest global names in business, finance and politics. Davos, site of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, also attracts its fair share of philanthropists, academics, artists, activists and visionaries.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is an excellent example of those who attend; he's a businessman, investor, billionaire, innovator and philanthropist (along with his wife and partner, Melinda.)

This year, the Davos meeting will focus on a "world that is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected but also experiencing an erosion of common values and principles," according to the WEF program, which seems wholly familiar in the post-financial crisis global economy.

Click ahead to see some of the players who'll appear in Davos during the confab Jan. 26-30.

By Albert Bozzo
Posted 21 Jan 2011

Photo: Getty Images