Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Tesla CEO Tesla Musk and several other high-profile tech execs and celebrities reportedly attended a small, private dinner in March 2011 during the annual TED Conference.
The event, known informally as the "Billionaire's dinner," was also attended by financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to a new report by BuzzFeed News detailing those who attended.
In March 2011, Epstein was less than two years out from serving a 13-month prison sentence for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl.
Though photos of the 2011 dinner are still available online, Epstein isn't featured in any of the images nor does his name appear on the event page — but he does appear in the background of a photo of Montara Capital Partners head Zack Bogue.
The dinner, held annually by New York literary agent John Brockman, is hosted by Brockman's Edge group.
Brockman describes his group as representative of "the third culture," which, "consists of those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are."
According to the BuzzFeed News report, Brockman was a proponent of Epstein's re-introduction to elite circles following his arrest and conviction for soliciting sex with a minor.
American financier Jeffrey Epstein was arrested July 6 on suspicion of sex trafficking minors. He was being held without bail awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking. On August 10, Epstein died by suicide while being held at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.
In his career as a financier, Epstein met and developed ties to some of the world's most famous names: People like Bill Gates, as well as lesser known names like MIT's Marvin Minsky and LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman.
But Epstein's arrest in July wasn't his first encounter with law enforcement.
In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting sex from a 14-years-old girl, and federal agents originally sought to connect him to the sexual abuse of nearly 40 girls. He served 13 months in a Florida prison before being released on probation.
A plea deal arranged by Alexander Acosta, then US attorney for Southern District of Florida, enabled Epstein to leave the facility and work from home up to 12 hours per day, six days per week. When Epstein was arrested in July on suspicion of sex trafficking minors, Acosta — who by 2019 was appointed US Secretary of Labor by President Trump — resigned.
In the wake of Epstein's death, the federal case against him was dropped. But even with the case over, the fallout from the Epstein scandal continues.
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