Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The DealBook Summit this year will feature discussions with global leaders and influential figures from Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. Each of them has been central to the news this year and will continue to be at the forefront of major events in the coming months.

Kamala Harris was elected vice president of the United States in 2020, after serving as a senator, the attorney general of California, and the district attorney of San Francisco. Ms. Harris is expected to play a vital role in the 2024 presidential race, addressing concerns about President Biden’s age, inflation, policies, and support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Tsai Ing-wen has been president of Taiwan since 2016 and has navigated relations with the United States and China amid escalating tensions. She is set to step down as president in January at the end of her second term.

Elon Musk oversees several influential technology companies, including Tesla, SpaceX, Starlink, and X. He is also the world’s wealthiest man but has faced controversy, including a decrease in advertising revenue and backlash over his endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory since taking ownership of X (formerly Twitter).

Jamie Dimon has been the CEO of JPMorgan Chase since 2006 and led efforts to acquire First Republic, addressing the regional bank crisis this year.

Jensen Huang founded Nvidia and serves as its president and CEO, with the company achieving a $1 trillion valuation this year, making it the first publicly traded chipmaker to do so.

Bob Iger returned as Disney’s CEO last year, facing challenges in the box office, core television properties, streaming, and scrutiny from activist investors.

Lina Khan became chair of the Federal Trade Commission two years ago and has enforced antitrust regulations, prompting both praise and criticism from business groups.

David Zaslav orchestrated Discovery’s takeover of WarnerMedia and became CEO of the new company, Warner Bros. Discovery, facing the challenge of managing significant debt and turmoil at key properties, including CNN.

Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour, navigated an existential threat posed by LIV Golf and recently returned from medical leave after ending the rivalry with a deal involving the Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, faced challenges within his own party after being ousted as the House speaker, prompting him to consider his re-election bid.

Shonda Rhimes is the CEO of Shondaland and has contributed to significant television dramas. She has transitioned to producing streaming content exclusively for Netflix and has touched upon major political issues in her work.

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