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» Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:14 pm

LeBron James joins the billionaires at their retreat

The black helicopter-types have been telling us about these sorts of things for years. Shady get-togethers, usually in a wooded setting, where the world's richest get together to hash out plans regarding the next President they'd like to see in place, who wins baseball's All-Star Game, and what time of year to re-introduce the McRib.

It's some scary, thought-provoking stuff. And apparently, this year, LeBron James(notes) is taking part. The Los Angeles Times has the lowdown:

Like "Fight Club," the first rule of the Allen & Co. conference is that you don't talk about the Allen & Co. conference. The event is closed to the press, and attendees are discouraged from acknowledging whether they're attending.

In between rafting, knitting, yoga, chess and bridge (Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are big bridge players), big deals are known to have been hatched during the conference's 26-year history.

The most famous marriage with roots in Sun Valley was Walt Disney Co.'s deal to buy Capital Cities/ABC Inc. in 1995, which came out of a random meeting in the parking lot of then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, CapCities board member Buffett and the company's CEO, Tom Murphy.

Thanks to '64 and Counting for the heads-up, and further breakdown. Enjoy your bridge match, MVP.



Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference

The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is an annual conference hosted and wholly independently funded by private investment firm Allen & Company. The conference has taken place in Sun Valley, Idaho for one week each July since 1983. The conference typically features business leaders, political figures, and major figures in the philanthropic and cultural spheres. Previous conference guests have included Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren and Susan Buffett, Tony Blair, BET founder Robert Johnson, Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons, NBA player LeBron James, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post, Diane Sawyer, InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, and eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

Allen & Company is a private investment firm formed in 1922, located in New York. Allen & Company has advised, helped found and/or invested in numerous companies including BET, InterActiveCorp, Oxygen Media, Discovery Communications, News Corporation, The Coca-Cola Corporation and Google


Lebron James is moving up in the world. The elite really look to influence all facets of life, including sports and entertainment

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