The high swiss town of Davos is famed for sitting on the hilt of the alps, loved for her perfect off piste trails, and adored for her small collection of lavish luxury properties…but there’s more. Every year, three thousand of the worlds biggest billionaires and most influential names descend in their private jets upon the mountain – and it’s not to ski.
The World Economic Forum plays host every year to a prestigious collection of wealthy individuals, politicians, Presidents, academics and monarchs who all gather to hash out ideas, share insights, and piece together the future of our global economy. While it sounds like a U.N style meeting for money matters, it is also a highly prestigious chance to network and make eye watering sideline deals. Rumor has it that there are several heavily guarded private meeting rooms for those deals best struck away from prying eyes.
The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’ and Donald Trump is set to be the headlining guest, along with prime ministers from across Europe, the royals of Belgium and Saudi, and heavy weight CEO’s like Sheryl Sandburg and Bill Gates. So, a star-studded lineup indeed.
You can be sure that only the elite of the elite will attend Davos, membership comes in at a staggering $60 thousand-dollar baseline price tag – and that’s just for starters. Networking at such a high level is no cheap feat, with higher partnerships and levels of engagement coming in at $600 thousand.
The town itself, sees quite a rupture in its usual ski and sleep lifestyle. Businesses all but shut down for a few days as their premises are turned instead into Alain Ducasse pop-ups, business consultant headquarters, and IT events.
While the daytime is studded with secret handshakes, hefty conversations that range from peace in the middle east to work displacement, charity investments, and more – the evenings are all about partying. Everyone vies for the golden ticket to Google parties, and champagne is bound to be flowing by the gallons.
Suffice to say, there won’t be much time for skiing.