Thursday, 20 May 2010 12:41

Business leaders fly in to Microsoft CEO Summit


Seattle's Boeing Field was chock-a-block with corporate jets thought to be linked to Microsoft's CEO Summit. More than 100 business and other leaders are attending.

Microsoft's annual CEO Summit is taking place at the company's headquarters this week, with more than 125 CEOs and other leaders in town to hear leading industry experts analyse economic trends and technology issues, and to discuss and debate business challenges and share insights or experiences with their peers.

Known to be attending are Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (2010 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award winner for her campaign for broader access to schools and higher quality education for children, especially girls); Tim Geithner, US Secretary of the Treasury; Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Corporation; Charlie Munger, vice-chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Corporation; Jeff Bezos, chairman, president, and CEO,; Rob Walton, chairman, Walmart; Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase; and Barry Diller, chairman and CEO, IAC.

KIRO News reported that among private jets parked at Boeing Field (aka King County International Airport) were planes registered to GE, eBay, Paramount, Russian Standard Bank, and U2. There was also a private 747 registered to the Kingdom holding company of Saudi Arabia.

The CEO Summit was instituted in 1997 by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to provide a forum for business leaders to gather and exchange experiences around leading global corporations, and to learn about new technologies that will have an impact on business in the future.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.



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