Milken Time: Wall Street jets west for 'Davos with palm trees'

Ken Griffin
Source: The Milken Institute

If Wall Street's masters of the universe can make it to the Swiss Alps, they're definitely going to Los Angeles.

The financial community will once again figure prominently at the Milken Institute's Global Conference next week—sometimes called "Davos with palm trees"—just like they did at the World Economic Forum in January. (Tweet This)

Private equity billionaires Steve Schwarzman (Blackstone), Leon Black (Apollo) and David Bonderman (TPG) will rub elbows with former Treasury secretaries Tim Geithner, Bob Rubin and Hank Paulson in and around the Beverly Hilton. Swaggering corporate activists Keith Meister (Corvex), Jeff Smith (Starboard Value) and Cliff Robbins (Blue Harbour) will be alongside master algorithmic investors David Harding (Winton) and David Siegel (Two Sigma).

Conference namesake Michael Milken—a high-yield fixed income pioneer—gives speaking slots to today's bond masters, such as Jeff Gundlach (DoubleLine), Steve Tananbaum (GoldenTree) and David Warren (DW).

Major macroeconomic thinkers will be in the mix too, including Mohamed El-Erian (Allianz) and Nouriel Roubini (NYU). That's not to mention hedge fund heavyweights Ken Griffin (Citadel), Alan Howard (Brevan Howard), Steve Cohen (Point72) and Boone Pickens (BP Capital).