5 of the Most Expensive Conferences

December 31, 2015 - By: Sarah Pease

If money were no object, what conference would you want to attend? We scoured the Internet and found five cool conferences that come with a substantial price tag, and in one case, a lot of secrecy.
PopTech, Camden, Maine
About: Held in October and founded by the
co-inventor of Ethernet technology,
Bob Metcalfe, this conference brings together
600 diverse thinkers and doers from around the world to share ideas and projects that are shaping the future.
Past Guests/Speakers: Malcom Gladwell, John Legend, and
OK Go.
Cost: $2,000
Summit Series, Powder Mountain, Utah
About: The
leading community for entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders who believe that business and collaboration are tools that should be used to affect positive impact in the world. Started seven years ago with 19 young entrepreneurs, it has expanded to 900 invitation-only guests.
Past Guests/Speakers: Richard Branson and Bill Clinton
Cost: Approximately $2,500 (not including charitable donations and travel costs)
Milken Institute Global Conference, Los Angeles, California
About: Almost 4,000 participants (including Nobel Prize winners) gather over four days
to explore solutions to today's most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government, and education.
Past Guests/Speakers:
Dan Gilbert and
Sheryl Sandberg
Cost: A minimum donation of $6,000
The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
About: Global super trends and challenges such as global warming and the emergence of developing markets are discussed and examined. Also, a company must have
annual revenue of at least one billion dollars to receive an invitation to attend this conference.
Past Guests/Speakers:
Bono and David Cameron
Cost: $12,500 for annual company membership fee, plus $6,250 for annual meeting fee. If you’re an Annual Meeting Partner, expect to pay $78,000 per year.
Founders 50, Hawaii
About: Spearheaded by
venture capitalist Peter Thiel, an undisclosed list of the tech world's 50 best and brightest are hand selected to attend and receive a fully paid trip to Hawaii.
Past Guests/Speakers: Unknown
Cost: Unknown Tell us what you think about these conferences in the comments.
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