Billionaire fundster Ron Baron
had his annual fund conference today at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Alicia Keys brought down the house, but here's what else happened:
| Ron Baron|
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager, Trustee
The biggest speaker of the morning was Elon Musk
, the triple threat wizard of space travel, solar power, and electric cars. On a CNBC appearance earlier in the day, Baron was bullish on Tesla's future and during his talk Musk talked about Tesla's plans to ramp production and cut costs in the coming years.
In addition to Musk's talk, two Tesla Model S cars were parked outside for attendees to see.
Other morning speakers included William Stone
from SS&C Technologies
, Joel Marcus
from Alexandria Real Estate Equities
and Jay Flatley
Lunchtime entertainment included Tony Bennett
and Lady Gaga
, Steve Martin
and Michael Bublé
The afternoon panel was moderated by Charles Schwab
veteran Chris Dodds
and included Baron Funds chairman, president and COO Linda Martinson
as well as the following portfolio managers: Cliff Greenberg
, Michael Kass
, Jeffrey Kolitch
, Michael Lippert
, Andrew Peck
, James Stone
, Alex Umansky
, Laird Bieger
and Randy Gwirtzman
Ron Baron joined the folks on stage and gave a talk on his investing philosophy. During the Q&A, he answered questions on unicorns (not a fan), and bringing in younger folks (would love to, but space is limited) and the 2016 election (he joked about Ben Carson's
theory on the Pyramids).
Then the big star arrived: Alicia Keys
, who put on a smooth performance that included a preview of her upcoming album coming out next year.
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