According to WCBD TV 2 (NBC – Charleston, S.C.) several of America’s most famous billionaires gathered in South Carolina’s lovely Lowcountry this weekend for a conference organized by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda.
Gates (net worth: $67 billion) rented out the entire Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island, the station reports. Reportedly joining him and his wife? Liberal financier Warren Buffett (net worth: $53.5 billion), nanny state New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (net worth: $27 billion) and television host Oprah Winfrey (net worth: $2.8 billion).
Among the non-billionaires in attendance? Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
Hmmmm … so if you take Bush out of the mix, that would make this the most influential gathering held at the Sanctuary since our founding editor’s 2010 Great Santini Fantasy Baseball League draft (the year the now-defunct “Dirty Sanfords” franchise took Hanley Ramirez with the second overall pick).
So … was this high and mighty confab a boon to South Carolina’s struggling economy?
Only to the people who employ Lindsey Graham’s Jamaicans …