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CNBC PRESENTS "MEETING OF THE MINDS: THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM" ON MONDAY, MAY 18TH AT 9PM ET

CNBC PRESENTS "MEETING OF THE MINDS: THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM" ON MONDAY, MAY 18TH AT 9PM ET

CNBC Assembles Some of the Country's Most Influential Leaders To Explore The Big Questions Raised By the Current Economic Crisis

An Unprecedented One-Hour CNBC Special Event Hosted By CNBC's Maria Bartiromo

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – May 13, 2009 - America is suffering an identity crisis. The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression has made the American taxpayer an owner in some of the most storied companies in the United States, and in the process, given the Government unprecedented influence in the free market system.

In a CNBC Special, "Meeting of the Minds: The Future of Capitalism," hosted by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, CNBC assembles some of the country's most influential leaders to explore and make sense of this new reality. What will capitalism look like going forward? What will prosperity mean? And ultimately, how will businesses navigate this uncharted landscape? With limited commercial interruption, CNBC will initiate this vital dialogue necessary to bring the country closer to economic recovery.

"The country is hard at work trying to fix the economy and regain financial stability," said Bartiromo. "And with this special, we have the responsibility and opportunity to ask the right people the tough questions."

"Only through the exchange of ideas can all sides of critical and financial issues be thoroughly debated," said Susan Krakower, Senior Vice President, Strategic Programming & Development, CNBC. "Throughout this crisis, viewers have turned to CNBC in record numbers and, now with this special, we have the opportunity to bring together some of the country's most influential leaders in one room and have them discuss and respond to the tough issues raised by this crisis."

In an unprecedented one-hour special event, CNBC brings together some of the world's most brilliant decision makers, business leaders and visionaries including Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric; Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock; Mohamed El Erian, CEO, PIMCO; Vikram Pandit, CEO, Citi; Clifford S. Asness, Ph.D., Managing & Founding Principal, AQR Capital Management; Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide; and Mark Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League; for a qualitative discussion on the most critical economic and financial issues of this historic crisis.

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo is the anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" (3-5 PM ET), and host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated "Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo."

CNBC's "Meeting of the Minds: The Future of Capitalism" airs on Monday, May 18th at 9PM & 1AM ET on CNBC. The special will repeat on Friday, May 22nd at 8PM ET and Monday, May 25th at 7AM & 7PM ET on CNBC.

For more information about CNBC's "Meeting of the Minds: The Future of Capitalism," go to:meetingoftheminds.cnbc.com.



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