Fund manager Anthony Scaramucci, also known as the “Mooch,” likes to bring big-name politicos to his annual hedge fund convention-cum-carouse, the Skybridge Alternatives Conference, or, as most simply call it: SALT.
Last year, Scaramucci procured former President George W. Bush to be SALT’s keynote speaker. This year, former vice-president Al Gore scored the keynote time-slot.
The enormous and palatial Grand Ballroom at the Bellagio Hotel was packed to the brim for Gore’s appearance, but Gore’s next date with SALT attendees was more exclusive. As was the case with Bush one year earlier, Gore’s talk was followed by a dinner for twenty or so handpicked guests at the Bellagio’s private Tuscany dining room.
Seated on either side of Gore were financier and Obama bundler Orin Kramer and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, according to someone who attended the dinner. Also at the table was hedge fund supremo Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors, a panelist at SALT who had also been a guest at the Bush dinner last year (Bush’s dining partners in 2011 included SAC Capital’s Steve Cohen, Maverick Capital’s Lee Ainslie and Millenium Partners Israel Englander).
Gore was also joined by other Wall Street veterans including Frank Meyer, founder of Glenwood Capital, Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital Group, and Ted Seides, of Protege Partners, the person said, as well as other private investors.