4 5 1 4 1 2 1 . It is time to toast and roast the year’s deal makers on Calacanis bitcoin chart Street and in Washington and look ahead to what may come next. It is that time of year again: our annual closing dinner, where we look back at the year that was, to toast and roast the year’s deal makers on Wall Street and in Washington and look ahead to what may come next.
And what a year it was. This year, we decided to hold our dinner at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. Mar-a-Lago resort, better known as the Winter White House. Given that President Trump has spent nearly a third of his presidency — that’s not a typo — at one of his properties, as The Wall Street Journal reported, we figured we would try to make it convenient for him. We also figured holding the dinner in Florida would be convenient for so many of you moguls and machers already down here looking for real estate since the tax bill was signed into law. The other bonus of buying here, of course, is that your home is protected even if you file for bankruptcy.
Sitting at the dais are Mr. Trump along with the first lady. Ivanka, Jared and the rest of the family were away on vacation. Next to him are Rupert Murdoch and his new B. Robert Iger of the Walt Disney Company, who just gave up any hope of running for president in 2020, a condition of his deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox’s assets.
The seating chart is, of course, always a bit complicated. We had to keep Jeffrey Bezos of Amazon from the dais to prevent Mr. Trump’s Twitter war with him from interrupting the festivities. And we had heard that Mr. Bezos had a practical joke planned: He was going to tell Mr. Trump that he had chosen Mexico City as Amazon’s second headquarters.
We had extended an invitation to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, but our invitation was returned. The hotel telephone lines are currently disconnected until further notice. And then there is the Facebook table: Mark Zuckerberg is here this year along with Sheryl Sandberg. We’re sorry to say that Vladimir Putin could not make it. Someone is going to get killed. We’d love to hear the dinner conversation among you all. Now, on to the toasts of 2017.