07-07-21 03:51:00, Media and tech moguls descend on Sun Valley in private jets for exclusive ‘billionaire summer camp’ with Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos set to attend
Published: 12:50 EDT, 6 July 2021 | Updated: 12:50 EDT, 6 July 2021
Private jets descended on Sun Valley in rural Idaho on Monday ahead of the annual ‘billionaire summer camp’ for tech and media moguls. The gathering brings together the worlds of film, technology, design and sports each year, although it was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020. This year, the five-day conference, held at the edge of Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest in a tiny town of just 1,500, is set to feature strict checks to ensure it does not become a super-spreader event. Click through to take a look inside and see who’s set to attend…
Over the holiday weekend, private jets belonging to business leaders began arriving at the local airport and taking up space on the tarmac at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey as they parked up for the week. From there, guests were chauffeured through 15 miles of lush rolling hills to the lodge where the conference takes place.
The annual invite-only conference is thrown by investment bank Allen & Company. Those attending investment bank Allen & Co.’s annual conference will need to have been vaccinated and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Infowars reported that Netflix’s Reed Hastings and WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar are two of the invitees from the world of media, along with Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper and Van Jones, as well as Gayle King and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Former US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Council of Foreign Relations President Richard Haass are among the public officials on the invite list.
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet will be there. As of 2021, Buffet boasts a net worth of $101.3 billion.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose wife, Melinda Gates, filed for divorce in May, will also be in attendance. He reportedly has a net worth of $128.9 billion.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, whose net worth is $201.8 billion, is expected to attend this year’s event at Sun Valley Lodge. Pictured: Bezos at the event in 2014.
Bezo’s successor and current CEO of Amazon Web Services Andy Jassy (pictured) is also expected to attend.