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  • 09.01.09

Ranking the Stops on Bill Clinton’s Conference Circuit

President Bill Clinton was never the retiring kind. Post-White House, he has attended many elite meetups — and started his own. The fifth annual CGI meeting will be September 22 — 25 in New York. We ranked it, for prestige and publicity, with three other stops on his circuit.

World Economic Forum

When: January/February

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Where: Davos, Switzerland

Who + What: Hotshots from business, politics, NGOs, and entertainment discuss pressing issues such as climate change and AIDS in Africa.

Star power: Angelina Jolie, Queen Rania of Jordan, Tony Blair, Bono

Clinton 4

Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

When: September

Where: New York

Who + What: Hotshots from media, business, NGOs, and entertainment discuss pressing issues such as job creation and global poverty.

Star power: Bill Gates, Barbra Streisand, Bono

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<h2>TED</h2>
<p><strong>When:</strong> February</p>
<p><strong>Where:</strong> Long Beach, California</p>
<p><strong>Who + What:</strong> Hotshots from tech, design, and entertainment discuss pressing issues such as space exploration and the future of news.</p>
<p><strong>Star power:</strong> Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Al Gore, Bono</p>
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Aspen Ideas Festival

When: June/July

Where: Aspen, Colorado

Who + What: Hotshots from media, biz, and politics discuss pressing issues such as terrorism and the future of medicine. Open to public.

Star power: Colin Powell, Jeff Bezos, Toni Morrison

Clinton 2.5

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