The look of (power) love! Sheryl Sandberg and her boyfriend attend Sun Valley mogul fest with Mark Zuckerberg, a stony-faced Michael Bloomberg, the bosses of Apple, Twitter, Disney and more


  • Sheryl Sandberg was snapped with Bobby Kotick on Wednesday, as were Bloomberg and other billionaires
  • The Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, started Tuesday, attracting huge names in business and media
  • Invitees include Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, the Murdochs – and even Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey
  • Spotted arriving Tuesday were the heads of Disney, CBS, Coca-Cola, ESPN and Comcast, among others
  • Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer didn’t receive an invite this year, as her company plods toward being sold

Sheryl Sandberg and her boyfriend are power coupling this week in Idaho for the annual Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley.

Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, and Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, first emerged as a couple during this year’s Oscar awards, nearly a year after her husband suddenly died.

Her boss Mark Zuckerberg was spotted with his wife Priscilla Chan, and the heads of Pinterst, Twitter, McDonalds, Walmart, Apple, Disney, CBS, ABC, Discovery Communications, GM, HP, eBay, LinkedIn, PayPal, the 49ers, the Mets, Zynga and AOL were just a few of the titans and power players photographed – as was Michael Bloomberg.

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Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, weren't photographed together doing the popular and heavily photographed walk to breakfast, but the pair were seen outside the post office in Sun Valley, Idaho

Mark Zuckerberg is pictured at the annual Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are pictured arriving at the conference in Sun Valley

Mark Zuckerberg (left and right with his wife Priscilla Chan) is pictured arriving at the annual Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley

Appearing alone on Wednesday was former New York Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who often brings longtime partner Diana Taylor

A different power couple: Disney boss Bob Iger and Apple boss Tim Cook enjoyed the sunshine on Wednesday

Eileen Donahoe and her husband John Donahoe, chairman of the board of PayPal and former chief executive officer at eBay,

Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP

Stacey Bendet Eisner, chief executive officer and creative director of Alice + Olivia and Michael Eisner's daughter in law, shuns the fleece vests favored by the masses

Alex Karp, chief executive officer of Palantir Technologies, speaks with Stanley Druckenmiller, hedge fund manager and former chairman and president of Duquesne Capital. Palantire is a private software and services company, specializing in big data analysis whose clients include US government agencies

Ben Silbermann, chief executive officer of Pinterest,

Alfonso de Angoitia, director of Televisa, S.A.,

Meg Whitman, chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard

: Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Company,

Who needs fleece? Leather clad Vivi Nevo, a venture capitalist and major shareholder in Time Warner, and Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter, walk with Steve Easterbrook, president and chief executive officer at McDonalds

Last year Sandberg attended with a female friend, and the year before she was there with her beloved husband Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey.

He died May 1, 2015 while the family was on vacation in Mexico with their two young children. Sandberg has been open about the tragic loss of Goldberg, her biggest supporter.

Kotick is divorced with children.

Diane von Furstenberg was also photographed on Wednesday, presumably in attendance with her husband, billionaire Barry Diller although the cameras missed him.

Like fellow designer Stacey Bendet, DVF eschewed the matching fleece vests, puffy jackets and hats every attendee is gifted for the conference.

The power players aren’t limited to media and billionaires – Stanley McChrystal, retired U.S. Army general and former commander of Joint Special Operations Command – is also in attendance.

Icon: Fashion designer Diane von Fustenberg was photographed on Wednesday morning. She's a frequent attendee with billionaire husband Barry Diller

Shari Redstone appeared to be happy to be invited for her first trip to the conference while she battles over her father Sumner's care

: Stanley McChrystal, retired U.S. Army general and former commander of Joint Special Operations Command,

Lew Cirne, chief executive officer of New Relic,

AOL boss Tim Armstrong's wife Nancy appeared still in the July 4 spirit with an American flag sweater

Another attendee photographed on Wednesday is Alex Karp, chief executive officer of Palantir, a private data mining company worth tens of billions of dollars.

Hollywood mogul Brian Grazer attended with his wife Veronica – her first time there as Mrs. Grazer. The couple married earlier this year in Los Angeles.

Also adding to the Hollywood vibe was mogul Harvey Weinstein’s designer wife Georgina Chapman – as well her Manhattan neighbors Graydon and Anna Chapman.

The annual event, which attracts the biggest names in tech and media to Sun Valley in Idaho, is organized by boutique investment bank Allen & Co, which has carved out a niche connecting the rich and powerful.

Other big names on the exclusive invite list include regulars such as Murdoch’s dad Rupert, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg – but who’s not there is just as notable, particularly snubbed Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer.

Mayer, the struggling head of Yahoo, is currently trying to assure shareholders about the sale of the company, which is facing bids from numerous companies.

Mayer was invited in 2014 and 2015, but turned down last year’s offer, most likely because she was pregnant with twins.

Cindy Wenig walks with husband Devin Wenig, chief executive officer of eBay

Eric Semler (C), president at TCS Capital Management, speaks with Jeff Wilpon, chief operating officer of the New York Mets baseball team on the way in

Mathias Dopfner, chief executive officer of German media company Axel Springer SE,

Omid Kordestani, executive chairman of Twitter,

Daniel Daniel (L), senior investor; director at BlackRock, with his wife

David Wehner, chief financial officer at Facebook,

: Reid Hoffman, executive chairman of LinkedIn,

Harvey Weinstein's fashion designer wife, the mother of his two youngest children was bejewelled

The Weinsteins' Manhattan neighbors, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his wife Anna, were also there

But this year she was not asked to return – unlike Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam and AOL head Tim Armstrong, both of whom are favored by many to snap up the company in a sale that ‘could top $4billion.’

 TV mogul Sumner Redstone, 93, isn’t attending this year after a fractious period of in-fighting that has seen his daughter, Shari – attending for the first time – going head-to-head with Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.

Dauman has also been invited, but he’ll likely be keeping his distance from the Viacom vice-chairman, who ejected him from a trust that will control the company once her father dies.

 She was pictured at Sun Valley Tuesday talking to another invitee, Les Moonves, who is the CEO of CBS and one of her allies in the power struggle.

Other Tuesday arrivals at the five-day-long event, which began in 1982, include James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, and his brother Lachlan, who is the executive co-chairman of both that company and News Corp.

Returning invitees, the brothers are expected to be joined by father, Fox boss and Sun Valley regular Rupert Murdoch at the event.

The real thing! Ahmet Muhtar Kent, chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company, holds a soda after getting one from the machine

Businessman Henry Kravis, his wife Marie-Josee Kravis, Brian Grazer, co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment, and his wife Veronica Grazer - who he married earlier this year

Shelley McMillon and husband Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., held hands

Michael Dell, chief executive officer of Dell Inc

Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Finance for Mexico

Brian Demain (L), portfolio manager at Janus Capital Management,with his wife Heidi

Pam Zaslav and her husband David Zaslav, chief executive officer of Discovery Communications,in their fleece vests

Bilionaire Patriots owner Bob Kraft nearly photobombed Klarman and Karp as they walked

Healthy stretches: Nassef Sawiris (C), Egypt's richest businessman, and Delos 'Toby' Cosgrove (R), chief executive officer of the Cleveland Clinic, chatted in the sunshine

The former mayor was later spotted walking in some navy shorts - still alone

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, 75, also arrived on Tuesday, bringing along his 35-year-old actress girlfriend Ricki Lander.

Also on the invite list are billionaire business magnate Warren Buffett, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos and entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen.

Other invitees to this year’s event cover both celebrity and politics, including comedian Jerry Seinfeld, multimedia boss Oprah Winfrey, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

Although the full list of topics hasn’t been announced, it’s known that one conversation will be about the artificial intelligence and its effect on business.

And Pritzker will feature on a panel that is likely to discuss the global economy and international trade following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Owen Van Natta, vice president at Zynga, attends

Gianfranco Zoppas, chief executive officer of Zoppas Industries,

Elizabeth Lefkofsky and her husband Eric Lefkofsky, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Groupon

David Levin, chief executive officer of McGraw-Hill Education, walks with his wife Lindsay Levin 

Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States,

: Lowell McAdam, chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications,

But the real action for many onlookers will happen in corridors, restaurants and golf courses rather than conference rooms.

It’s there that these movers and shakers will discuss, establish and perhaps even unofficially close on deals that could have huge effects on the wider world.

Previous deals that have their roots at Sun Valley include the 1995 purchase of Capital Cities/ABC by Disney, Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2009, last year’s purchase of AOL by Verizon and Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post in 2013.

Both Bezos and Donald E. Graham, The Washington Post’s ex-publisher and chairman of the holding company that sold the paper for $250million, are both in attendance this year.

Many guests arrived by private jet at nearby Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey before being chauffeured through 15 miles of lush rolling hills to the lodge, where they will remain until it closes on Sunday.

Entire families are invited to the event – a move that encourages older (and therefore more experiened and connected) business figures to stay for the duration of the event, rather than to bounce back to their homes after just a couple of days.

Nannies are on hand to take care of the kids, of course, and entertainment for all takes the form of whitewater rafting, biking and hiking – as well as the less dangerous (though perhaps no less stressful) hobby of jostling egos over drinks and food.

The invite-only conference began in 1982, and in its early days founder Herbert Allen – who co-founded Allen & Company with brother Charles – had to beg invitees to come. Now the festival is a roaring success – and great promotion for the company.

This year’s conference runs through Sunday and, like every other year, kicked off with a cookout on Tuesday and concludes with a more formal dinner.

Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS Corporation, was pictured on Tuesday - likely something of a relief to Shari Redstone, as he has been one of her allies in an ugly struggle for control of CBS and Viacom. Redstone's nemesis, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, was also invited

Lachlan Murdoch (left), vice-chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp, and brother James (right), CEO of 21st Century Fox, were also in attendance, with dad Rupert also on the exclusive invite list, as he has been for years

Robert Kraft, CEO of the Kraft Group and owner of the New England Patriots football team, waves to reporters as he arrived while girlfriend Ricki Lander stands in the background on Tuesday

David Zaslav (left), CEO of Discovery Communications, speaks with Kraft. The conference has long been a place where big names can meet and negotiate, between meetings and talks

Ken Lowe, CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, was also at Sun Valley Tuesday. The even is organized by Allen & Company, a boutique investment bank that has carved a niche for itself as a connector of the rich and powerful, thanks to the Sun Valley event

Zander Lurie, chief executive officer of Survey Monkey and board member of GoPro, at the annual conference

Brian Grazer, who co-runs film company Imagine Entertainment alongside director Ron Howard, was also invited

Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference

Nirav Tolia arrives. He is the chief executive officer of Nextdoor, a social networking service for neighborhoods that launched this year

Redstone and Moonves char with Michael Eisner (right), former chairman of Disney. Among the talks planned for this year's conference is the effect of artificial intelligence on business 

Eisner gesticulates as he talks to Joey Levin (left), CEO of American media and Internet company IAC, aka InterActiveCorp

Bob Iger of Disney waves to photographers at the conference. Once the Sun Valley meetings were completely secret, but so many high-profile names made it impossible to keep properly under wraps. Press are not invited into private talks and events, however

Ahmet Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, was also in attendance

Kenneth Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot, pauses while answering a question from reporters during the conference

The Sun Valley Lodge plays host to some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres each year

Brian L Roberts, CEO of Comcast Corporation, arrives at the conference

John Skipper, president of ESPN, was also among the attendees this year

Stacey Bendet, CEO and creative director of New York fashion house Alice and Olivia, arrives at the conference

Technology pros are in on the act too, with David Kenny, general manager for IBM Watson, being one of the tech heads at the event

Donald E. Graham, ex-publisher of The Washington Post and current lead independent director of Facebook's board of directors was also there. Jeff Bezos' 2013 purchase of the Post from Graham's holding company was first mooted at Sun Valley

Howard Stringer (left), former CEO of Sony, speaks with Jonathan Nelson, founder of Providence Equity Partners - just one example of the cross-industry conversations to be had at the event

Jed York, chief executive officer of the San Francisco 49ers football team, gets ready to play ball at Sun Valley

Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner, told reporters to expect more mergers among telecomms companies in years to come

Hikers take in a trail near the Sun Valley conference. As well as talks, discussions and similar events, guests will be able to go hiking, golfing and even canoeing in the surrounding area

Jose Luis Cutrale, the 'Orange King' of Brazil and CEO of Sucocitrico Cutrale Ltda was one of the non-US guests at the event

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