A-list guests are descending on Sun Valley for the annual Allen & Co. conference. Here’s who’s been spotted at one of the business world’s most exclusive events.

Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos walk with suitcases at Sun Valley 2021
Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, co-CEOs of Netflix, arrive at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference on July 06, 2021.

  • A-list guests have arrived in Sun Valley, Idaho, the site of the annual Allen & Co. conference.
  • The ultra-exclusive event lures some of the biggest names in finance, tech, and media.
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Reed Hastings, Ted Sarandos, Doug McMillon and dozens more have arrived so far.
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The Sun Valley conference is officially in full swing.

This week, A-listers from the worlds of tech, media, and finance are descending upon Sun Valley, Idaho, for a week of networking, panel discussions, and outdoor pursuits hosted by private investment bank Allen & Co.

The annual event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, has historically been a breeding ground for blockbuster deals: Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post was born out of conversations at Sun Valley, and Disney’s $19 billion acquisition of ABC was hatched at Sun Valley as well.

Read more: Big brands like Nike and Neiman Marcus are snapping up tech companies as e-commerce takes off and first-party data becomes paramount

While we’ll have to wait and see what comes of this year’s conference, we can at least get a glimpse of which moguls have arrived at this year’s ultra-exclusive enclave.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her husband, Tom Bernthal

Sheryl Sandberg and her husband Tom Bernthal holding hands

SoFi CEO Anthony Noto

Anthony Noto walks out of Sun Valley Lodge

David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications

David Zaslav is interviewed by reporters at Sun Valley

IAC Chairman Barry Diller

Barry Diller behind the wheel of a car smiling

Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, co-CEOs of Netflix

Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos walk with suitcases at Sun Valley 2021
Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, co-CEOs of Netflix, arrive at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference on July 06, 2021.

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson

Chris Urmson lifts car tailgate while wearing face mask

Former hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller

Stanley Druckenmiller exits white SUV at Sun Valley

Rakuten CEO Mickey Mikitani

Mickey Mikitani arrives at Sun Valley wearing sunglasses

Greg Maffei, CEO Liberty Media and chairman of Live Nation Entertainment

Greg Maffei adjusts face mask while walking

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts waves while getting out of car at Sun Valley

Dan Rose, Facebook’s vice president of partnerships

Dan Rose gets out of SUV at Sun Valley

Disney chairman Bob Iger

Bob Iger walks into Sun Valley Lodge

Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman

Frank Slootman wearing a mask while walking out of Sun Valley Lodge

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

Doug McMillon gets out of car at Sun Valley

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors

Mary Barra removing face mask at Sun Valley

Retired US Army General David Petraeus arrives for the conference.

David Petraeus walks holding smartphone at Sun Valley

Disney CEO Bob Chapek

Bob Chapek looking at camera wearing blue shirt

Former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong waves while looking over shoulder

Brain Grazer, the founder of Imagine Entertainment, and his wife, Veronica Smiley

Brian Grazer walks smiling with Veronica Smiley at Sun Valley

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg

Hans Vestberg waves while holding water bottle next to "Private Function" sign

Jason Kilar, CEO of WarnerMedia

Jason Kilar holds his mask and talks to someone at Sun Valley

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick

Bobby Kotick puts suitcase on hotel trolley

Shari Redstone, chairman of ViacomCBS

Shari Redstone smiling while walking

Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal

Jeff Shell smiles while holding bag

Survey Monkey CEO Zander Lurie

Zander Lurie holding folder while arriving at Sun Valley

Former New York City mayor and former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg arrives at Sun Valley

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots

Robert Kraft points while standing outside wearing sunglasses

IAC CEO Joey Levin

Joey Levin standing at fence outside Sun Valley Lodge

Nike CEO John Donahoe and his wife, Eileen

John Donahoe and his wife Eileen walk together
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Sun Valley’s airport is so overrun with private jets arriving for ‘summer camp for billionaires’ that the FAA had to delay incoming planes

Private jets in Sun Valley alongside cows grazing
Private jets park alongside grazing cows at Friedman Memorial Airport in Sun Valley, Idaho, ahead of the 2021 Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference.

  • Traffic is spiking at the airport near Sun Valley as the annual Allen & Co. conference kicks off.
  • The FAA wouldn’t let some planes take off from their departure points Tuesday until traffic eased.
  • Casino magnate Steve Wynn’s private jet has arrived, as has a plane belonging to Tyson Foods.
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Private jets have begun crowding the airfield in Sun Valley as A-list guests arrive for Allen & Co.’s annual conference.

The gathering, known as “summer camp for billionaires” for its remote location and roster of high-profile guests, kicks off this week in Sun Valley, Idaho. But as the rich and powerful descend on the region, Friedman Memorial Airport, a picturesque airfield surrounded by grazing cattle, is getting overrun with air traffic.

In fact, the airport was so busy Tuesday morning that the Federal Aviation Administration wouldn’t let planes from the West Coast to as far as Michigan and Canada take off from their departure points until the traffic eased in what’s known as a ground delay program.

However, the crowded airfield is nothing new – because of the relative net worth of the attendees, private jet charters to Sun Valley go through the roof each July, and locals have described seeing jets double-parked at the airport in years past.

Read more: Wealthy executives are ditching commercial travel for the ‘country club’ experience of private jets, and luxury destinations are pivoting to meet demand

This year’s guest list includes a typically high-profile crowd: Tech tycoons like Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Satya Nadella, Reed Hastings, and Ted Sarandos have all been invited, while media magnates including David Zaslav, Bob Chapek, and Shari Redstone are also on the list, according to Variety.

Other notable invitees include Warren Buffett, Adam Silver, and Roger Goodell. Fox Business reporter Charles Gasparino reported that Bill Gates will be in attendance as well, though his inclusion on the guest list hasn’t been confirmed by other media outlets.

It’s unclear how well-attended this year’s event will be, however. According to Vanity Fair, attendees will have to follow stringent vaccination and testing guidelines, including supplying their vaccination cards to the Mayo Clinic and getting tested for COVID-19 72 hours prior to arrival and again at the event.

Still, as the private jets begin to land in Sun Valley, we can glean the identities of a few of the A-list arrivals.

These jets all belong to rental companies. Some guests opt to charter planes from companies like NetJets and FlexJet, which can cost thousands of dollars per hour.

Private jets at Sun Valley airport

This Falcon 2000 is registered to Tyson Foods, meaning that its new CEO, Donnie King, might be in attendance – note the TF for “Tyson Foods” in its tail number.

Private jets at Sun Valley airport

This Bombardier Global 7500 is registered to Steve Wynn, the real estate developer and casino magnate. The $75 million jet is one of the most expensive and newest in the world with a range of 7,700 nautical miles.

Private jets at Sun Valley airport
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