Billionaires Meet Secretely in New York

Some of the country’s top billionaires met in secret at Rockefeller University on the Upper East Side in New York earlier this month to discuss the economy and philanthropy, the NYT reported Wednesday, citing

NYT: The attendees at the May 5 event seemed pulled from the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people: Bill Gates (1), Warren E. Buffet (2), Michael R. Bloomberg (17), George Soros (29), Eli Broad (93), Oprah Winfrey (234), David Rockefeller Sr. (305), Ted Turner (376), Peter Peterson (430), Julian H. Robertson Jr. (559) and John Morgridge (647).

Based on February estimates by Forbes, the room had a net worth about $120 billion, or nearly as much as New York State’s annual budget.

The IrishCentral post says that in their letter of invitation, Gates, Buffett and Rockefeller cited the worldwide recession and the urgent need to plan for the future. They said they wanted to hear the views of a broad range of key leaders in the financial and philanthropic fields. According to one of the attendees, Gates was the most-impressive speaker of the day, with Turner the most-outspoken and Warren Buffet the most-insistent on his agenda for change.

Apparently they’re not sharing further details. Based on the New York Times, participants are refusing to reveal the content of the discussion, citing an agreement to keep the meeting confidential.

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