Sun Valley: Where the money is

July 8, 2009

Allen & Co’s Sun Valley media and technology conference have included tennis pro Mats Wilander, Chicago singer Peter Cetera, actors Clint Eastwood and Demi Moore and Egyptian billionaire Mohamed al-Fayed.

With so many rich and famous media and technology tycoons hanging out at the Idaho retreat, now in its 27th year, it’s natural that other friends of Herb Allen from the financial and deals world are showing up.

Here’s a list of expected attendees from the world of capitalism — including financial company executives, portfolio managers, venture capital investors and private equity chieftains, to name a few. Keep in mind that this list might not be complete.

  • Paul Vogel, senior vp, global sector head – consumer, AllianceBernstein LP.
  • Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO, American Express Co.
  • Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.
  • Alexandre von Furstenberg, chief investment officer, Arrow Capital Management LLC. (Son of Diane and Egon von Furstenberg. Stepson of Barry Diller. Split from heiress wife Alexandra Miller. That story is here.)
  • David Corkins, Arrowpoint Partners.
  • Stephen Pagliuca, managing director, Bain Capital Partners LLC. (Also co-owner of the Boston Celtics basketball team, and a potential bidder for The Boston Globe if The New York Times Co sells it, our sources tell us.)
  • Seth Klarman, president, the Baupost Group LLC. (Earlier this year, he bought part of the holding company that owns the Boston Red Sox baseball team, just as The New York Times is trying to sell its own stake.)
  • Warren Buffett, chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (You know who he is. His son Howard Buffett of Buffett Farms is expected to come. So is daughter Susie.)
  • Michael Larson, chief investment officer, BGI. (He oversees investments for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also oversees Gates’s personal portfolio.)
  • John Griffin, president, Blue Ridge Capital.
  • Justin Tang, general partner, Blue Ridge China.
  • Roberto Mignone, president, Bridger Capital LLC.
  • William Pappendick, managing director, Brookside Capital LLC.
  • James Rothenberg, chairman and principal executive officer, Capital Research and Management Co.
  • Gordon Crawford, senior vp, Capital Research Global Investors. (Big Yahoo investor.)
  • Susan Tolson, senior vp, Capital Research Global Investors.
  • Jennifer Foster, managing director, Chilton Investment Co.
  • Peter Thiel, president, Clarium. (Early investor in Facebook, co-founder of PayPal with Max Levchin, who also is expected to attend. He also invested in Slide, LinkedIn, Friendster, Yelp and others. He is a self-described libertarian, and is quoted as saying that increasing welfare and offering the vote to women in the United States have made the notion of “capitalist democracy” an oxymoron.)
  • Dan Moskovitz, president, D.M. Operations Management Inc.
  • Christopher Davis, portfolio manager, Davis Advisors.
  • Julius Gaudio, managing director, DE Shaw & Co.
  • Jeffrey Van Harte, senior vp, chief investment officer of Focus Growth, Delaware Investments.
  • Ricky Sandler, Eminence Capital LLC.
  • Eli Jacobs, chairman, Essex Management Co.
  • Fayez Sarofim, president and chairman, Fayez Sarofim & Co.
  • Will Danoff, portfolio manager, Fidelity Management & Research.
  • Tommy Frist, principal, Frist Capital LLC.
  • W. Whitfield Gardner, CEO, Gardner Lewis Asset Management.
  • Thomas Giovine, president, Giovine Capital Group LLC.
  • David Shell, managing director and chief investment officer, Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
  • David Herro, partner and chief investment officer, international equity, Harris Associates LP
  • Blake Krikorian, id8 Group Holdings. (Also Sling Media co-founder.)
  • Danny Rimer, partner, Index Ventures.
  • Nathan Myhrvold, CEO, Intellectual Ventures LLC. (Former Microsoft chief technology officer.)
  • Brian Demain, portfolio manager, Janus Capital Management.
  • James B. “Jimmy” Lee, vice chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Longtime Rupert Murdoch associate.)
  • Judd Weinberg, chairman, executive committee, Judd Enterprises Inc.
  • David Weinberg, chairman, CEO, Judd Enterprises Inc.
  • Michael Karsch, founder, portfolio manager, Karsch Capital Management LP
  • Michael Lowenstein, general partner, Kensico Capital Management.
  • Lord Clive Hollick, senior adviser, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
  • Bill Miller, chairman, chief investment officer, Legg Mason Capital Management Inc.
  • Mala Gaonkar, managing director, Lone Pine Capital LLC
  • John Canning, chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Morris Mark, president, Mark Asset Management Corp.
  • Lee Ainslie, managing partner, Maverick Capital.
  • Michael Pausic, partner, Maverick Capital.
  • Dennis Lynch, managing director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
  • Vivi Nevo, NV Investments Inc. (Said to be the largest private investor in Time Warner Inc.)
  • Marc Baylin, portfolio manager, Oppenheimer Funds.
  • Jonathan Nelson, CEO, Providence Equity Partners Inc.
  • Kenneth Shen, adviser to the CEO, Qatar Holding LLC.
  • James Pallotta, chairman, managing director, Raptor Capital Management.
  • James D. Robinson III and IV, general and managing partners, RRE Ventures.
  • Scott Bommer, managing partner, SAB Capital Management LP.
  • Haim Saban, chairman and CEO, Saban Capital Group Inc.
  • G. Staley Cates, president, Southeastern Asset Management.
  • James Williams, retired chairman, SunTrustBanks Inc.
  • Brian Rogers, chairman, T. Rowe Price Associates. (T.Rowe is one of the larger shareholders in The New York Times Co.)
  • Eric Semler, president, TCS Capital Management LLC.
  • David Barse, CEO, Third Avenue Management.
  • Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, chairman, Vulcan Inc.
  • Wallace Weitz, president, Weitz Funds.
  • David Winters, chairman and CEO, Wintergreen Advisers LLC.
  • Wilbur Ross, chairman and CEO, WL Ross & Co LLC.
  • Jonathan Dolgen, principal, Wood River Ventures.
  • Ian McKinnon, managing partner, Ziff Brothers Investments.
  • Mark Pincus, founder and CEO, Zynga Inc.

(Photo: Two symbols of corporate America — Warren Buffett and a can of Coca-Cola, both spied at the 2007 Sun Valley conference. Reuters/Rick Wilking.)

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