Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Wild Parties of Davos

The Brisbane Times spills the beans on World Economic Forum nightlife:
At night...Davos typically shrugs off the mantle of responsible capitalism....there are the evening drinks parties, known in Davos-speak as "nightcaps"...

As for the parties, chief among the perennial hot ticket events is the bash thrown by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and British financier Nat Rothschild at the oligarch's palatial chalet, a 15-minute chauffeur-driven car ride up the mountain from Davos. 
A former assistant to US economist Nouriel Roubini has described Deripaska's parties as "endless streams of the finest champagne, vodka and Russian caviar amid dancing Cossacks and beautiful Russian models". In 2015, things became so raucous that the police were called in to calm it down.

Then there is the shindig hosted by Matthew Freud, the British PR guru, in a private chalet behind the art nouveau Schatzalp Hotel, a former sanatorium reached by a funicular from the centre of Davos. Last year, David Cameron, George Osborne and Bill Gates were all spotted rubbing shoulders there.
Prior to his spectacular downfall last summer, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, the investor turned short-lived adviser to Donald Trump, hosted a regular reception at the Hotel Europe, which was renowned for the eye-wateringly expensive bottles of Krug and Bordeaux he served... 
"It is getting more decadent with each passing year," says one Davos regular, who has attended for the past five. "More money is spent and more companies want to promote themselves."
A Davos wife reports:
There are always a lot of men who become “geographically single” when they arrive, and even the nerdiest expert in anti-malarial bed nets or obscure financial instruments fancies himself a player the moment he steps foot in the Zurich airport. Late at night, these men can be found eyeing the local talent, and there are rumors of at least one baby being born nine months after a night of passion at Davos.