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Joe Biden to host more than 250 donors from Wall Street, big business at NYC fundraisers – here's the guest list

Key Points
  • Joe Biden is set to rally more than 250 Wall Street and big money donors Thursday at a pair of fundraisers in New York after his presidential campaign stumbled in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • A guest list, first obtained by CNBC, shows that the events will draw some of the biggest names in the financial services community to Biden's side, despite his campaign's recent struggles.
  • Biden's campaign is expected to raise at least $1 million between the two gatherings.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a South Carolina campaign launch party on February 11, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Joe Biden is set to rally more than 250 Wall Street and big-money donors Thursday at a pair of fundraisers in New York after his presidential campaign stumbled in Iowa and New Hampshire.

A guest list, first obtained by CNBC, shows that the events will draw some of the biggest names in the financial services community to Biden's side, despite his campaign's recent struggles. Biden landed in fifth place in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday and finished fourth in last week's Iowa caucuses.

Biden's campaign is expected to raise at least $1 million between the two gatherings.

The list shows names such as former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Centerview Partners' Alan Hartman, Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, Blackstone operating chief Jonathan Gray, Snap Chairman Michael Lynton and former Obama economic advisor Jeffrey Zients, who is also the president of private equity firm Cranemere Group.

Attendees also include Goldman Sachs chief spokesman Jake Siewert, along with his wife, Christine Anderson, who is the head of public affairs at Blackstone. Jonathan Henes, Sen. Kamala Harris' former national finance chair who is now backing Biden, and Mark Gallogly, a co-founder of Centerbridge Partners, are listed to attend.

The first gathering is set to take place at Sarabeth's restaurant earlier in the day in Manhattan and the second event will be at the nearby Wayfarer restaurant, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, who declined to be named as these decisions are made in private. The guest list shows there will be at least 280 attendees split between the two events and each have contributed $2,800 to gain entrance. Nobody has dropped out of attending, these people noted.

There are many others who donated that same amount but could not attend, these people added.

A spokesman for Biden did not respond to a request for comment.

The fundraisers come at a key moment for Biden's campaign. They indicate that the former vice president still has the support and at least some confidence of big-money donors on Wall Street and in other industries. Biden is going to need to keep raking in the cash to have the necessary resources to win the South Carolina primary Feb. 29 and to perform well during the 14 primaries on Super Tuesday, March 3.

Biden came into 2020 with $8.9 million on hand, behind the totals for top rivals Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Bloomberg looms over Biden

Yet the donors' support might not be guaranteed for long. Many of the Thursday attendees have privately acknowledged that they would throw their support toward former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's campaign if Biden doesn't have success in the Nevada caucuses Feb. 22 and the South Carolina primary.

The donors wouldn't have to spend any money to support Bloomberg directly. Bloomberg, who has a net worth of over $61 billion, has been self-financing his operation.

Bloomberg, as CNBC first reported, huddled in December with some of the people who are slated to attend the Thursday events for Biden. At the time, Bloomberg and his team explained to the donors their anticipated path to victory. The Bloomberg team's pitch focused on the candidate's prospects for winning primaries in swing states Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Those states' primary contests are scheduled for March and April.

Biden, meanwhile, is looking for a comeback after being the de facto front-runner for much of the cycle leading up to the Iowa caucuses. His campaign signaled to donors on a Wednesday conference call that the former vice president will increase his presence on TV in order to have better luck getting his message out to voters.

On Thursday, Biden told "The View" that he's been raising $400,000 online per day since the beginning of February.

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Guest list for Biden's New York fundraisers:

First event

Richard Aftanas

Roger Altman

Frank Aquila

Sharyar Aziz

Matt Barbey

Oksana Barbey

Matt Bershadker

Dan Boyle

Charles Bronfman

Sam Butler

David Caplan

Evan Chesler

Neil Chriss

Daniel Ciporin

Ric Clark

Todd Davison

Mike DelGuidice

David Dwek

Daniel Ebenstein

Blair Effron

Caryn Effron

Craig Effron

Dawn Effron

Drew Effron

Sandra Effron

Howard Ellin

William Etkin

Andrew Feldstein

Philip Gelston

Alex Glantz

Arlene Goldman

Steve Goldman

Stephen Gordon

David Greenwald

John Hall

Jay Hallik

Alan Hartman

Jon Henes

David Hess

Judy Hiltz

Will Hiltz

Robert Ivanhoe

Jason Kanner

David Kappos

Robert Kasdin

Jurate Kazickas

Lee Kempler

Michael Kempner

Robert Kindler

Mike Klain

Ron Klain

Jonathan Knee

Stewart Kohl

Eve Konstan Mothner

Marc Lasry

Jack Levy

Mark London

John Lorenz

Daniel Lubetzky

Michelle Lubetzky

Jamie Alter Lynton

Michael Lynton

Jim MacGilvray

John Mack

Peter May

Joseph McGeehin

Raymond McGuire

Terence Meehan

Lewis Miller

Cheryl Minikes

Michael Minikes

Bruce Mosler

Jason Mudrick

Charles Myers

Olivia Myers

Kamesh Nagarajan

Tom Nides

Ioanna Niejelow

Deidre O'Connor

Alan Patricof

Laura Paulson

Suzanne Peck

Courtney Phillips

Roland Phillips

Kathy Pike

Richard Plepler

Joe Quinlan

Deepak Raj

Courtney Ratner

Ivan Rebolledo

Rodrigo Ribadeneira

Judith Rodin

Robert Rooney

Marvin Rosen

Richard Rothman

Gretchen Rubin

Jamie Rubin

Faiza Saeed

Omar Saeed

Purna Saggurti

Paul Saunders

Linda Sawyer

Curtis Schenker

George Schoen

Robert Schumer

Jon Selib

Glen Siegel

Jeffrey Siegel

Victor Sierra

Douglas Silverman

Jeffrey Silverman

Mark Silverschotz

Addie Slater

Daniel Slifkin

Leila Straus

Dan Tishman

Ercument Tokat

Al Tylis

Christine Varney

Paul Verkuil

Stephen Volk

Jon Weber

Brooke Weiner

Ross Weiner

Seth Weintrob

Jane Whitney Gruson

Steve Zelin

Damien Zoubek

Second event

Maria Allwin

Barry Alperin

Miriam Alperin

Christine Anderson

Matt Anderson

Maria Cristina

Jeff Aronson

Shari Aronson

Jim Attwood

Dick Beattie

Rick Beinecke

Georgette Bennett

Michael Borkowski

Jason Boxer

Lucia Boxer

Christopher Brody

Anthony Cacioppo

Cathy Callender

Alexandra Cart

Dale Cendali

Amy Cenicola

John Ceriale

Madison Cerniglia

John Chamberlain

Lewis Clayton

Jeffrey Cohen

Lisa Cohler

Isobel Coleman

Struan Coleman

Michael Coles

Richard Coles

Nigel Dawn

Chris DeLong

Michelle DeLong

James Dinan

Rob Dyson

Douglas Eisenberg

Wendy Eisenberg

David Ellen

Judy Evnin

Tony Evnin

Mindy Falk

Kenneth Farrell

Michael Feldberg

Steven Feldman

Michael Feroli

Sarah Francois-Poncet

Jay Freedman

Steven Friedman

Mark Gallogly

Ben Golub

Cindy Golub

Barry Gosin

Michael Granoff

Jon Gray

Mindy Gray

Jeff Gural

Amb. Jane Hartley

Brooke Hartley

Devin Hartley

James Hartley

Joan Hartley

Donald Hastings

John Heimann

Risa Heller

Marife Hernandez

Rachel Hines

David Hirsh

Nelda Hirsh

Monica Hottenrott

Elizabeth Dater Jennings

Aaron Jungreis

Ruthie Jungreis

Matt Kabaker

Brad Karp

Michael Kasper

Alex Katz

Gregory Katz

Jonathan Keller

Bilal Khan

Cameron Koffman

Lance Korman

Corina Larkin

Nigel Larkin

Michael Lascher

Ruth Lazarus

Denise LeFrak

David Levine

Jeffrey Lin

Nathaniel Litchman

Jim MacGilvray

Lynne MaGuire

Tracy Maitland

Edgar Masinter

Margery Masinter

John McCormick

Maggie McCormick

Damon Meyer

William Miller

Barbara Moore

Richard Moore

Kevin Moran

Ioanna Niejelow

Kiran Paranjpe

Alan Patricof

Evan Pepper

David Peterson

Peter Cary Peterson

Leonard Polonsky

Leonard Potter

Billy Rahm

Elihu Rose

Susan Rose

David Rosewater

Mary Rosewater

Paige Ross

Richard Salomon

John Savarese

Lynn Savarese

Henry Schacht

Nancy Schacht

Richard Schaps

Michael Schlein

James Schlosstein

Norman Selby

Charles Selden

David Siegel

Jake Siewert

John Simkiss

Jay Snyder

Amb. Carl Spielvogel

Barbaralee Spielvogel

Tracy Stein

Ellen Strickler

Bill Sussman

Elina Tetelbaum

Lizzie Tisch

Weston Tucker

Christopher Turner

Frances Ulmer

Emeka Umahi

Anastasia Vournas

Catherine Wachtel

Jonathan Wachtel

Herbert Wachtell

Svetlana Wachtell

Jeffrey Walker

Teresa Waterman

Emanuel Weintraub

Sarah Westby Hartley

Leslie Williams

Sharon Wurtzel

Mark Yockey

Steven Zalesin

Miriam Zeskind

Jeff Zients