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Missing at WEF in Davos this year: Billionaire stars, snow, and excitement

World Economic Forum's guest list is hundreds of names shorter, with many titans of finance conspicuously absent.

A banner reading "A very warm welcome" ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, May 22. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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A banner reading "A very warm welcome" ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, May 22. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Anders Melin | Bloomberg
Ask some of the world’s rich and powerful descending on Davos this week and they’ll tell you: After a two-year pandemic-enforced hiatus from the Swiss ski resort, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum just isn’t going to be the same.

The guest list is hundreds of names shorter, with many titans of finance conspicuously absent. The chiefs of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. aren’t going. Neither is BlackRock Inc.’s Larry Fink or Steve Schwarzman, the private-equity billionaire. 

Also missing is the usual contingent of superwealthy Russian tycoons -- several who attended in 2020 are

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First Published: May 23 2022 | 11:33 AM IST

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