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They’re taking down their knickers on the swankiest street in the Swiss ski resort of Davos — as the real global elite get into the party spirit.
Usually, the Blue Lemon boutique sells exotic lingerie here on the Promenade. But today, staff are removing all the underwear from the windows and shelves because Californian software billionaire Marc Benioff has paid to have the run of the place for a week.
The boss of Salesforce has also converted the bookshop across the road into a pop-up lounge and hired a third venue for late-night partying with fellow tycoons.
Last year’s guest list for his Hawaiian-themed bash here included U2 singer Bono, rapper Will.i.am and multi-billionaire Google boss Eric Schmidt. Just down the road, Facebook has gone one further.




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Instead of renting a party house, the company has built one from scratch at vast expense, a huge two-storey chill-out pad where boss Sheryl Sandberg can hold court for a few days, after which the whole thing will be demolished.
Across town, a temporary heliport is being constructed so that celebs and VVIPs can get straight into town from wherever they parked their private jets in time to deliver their important speeches on climate change and carbon emissions.
Meanwhile, an entire side of a mountain will be sealed off to become the ultimate chillaxing zone.
As of next week, only those with a conference badge will be allowed aboard the Rinerhorn cable car which will carry them up to a converted mountain restaurant for four-hour courses on subjects such as ‘Nurturing wisdom and wellness — discover how to personalise your lifestyle’.
Back in town, rather disconcertingly, one enterprising Kazakh oligarch has paid to have the entire local bus network repainted with the message: ‘Welcome to Kazakhstan’.
U2's Bono, meeting the  Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
U2's Bono, meeting the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
But we could only be in one place on Earth — Davos. There is surely no other event quite as smug and other-worldly as the World Economic Forum (WEF), a four-day, £22,000-a-head gathering of 3,000 political, corporate and academic grandees — which kicks off on Monday night.
The theme of this year’s session is ‘Responsive and responsible leadership’, or as a cynic might put it: ‘Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.’
The world may have changed. Its political tectonic plates may have shifted inexorably. But you wouldn’t think so up here.
Brexit? Trump? Fear not, the old status quo will feel entirely safe and sound at an event attended by assorted heads of state, 25 prime ministers (including our own), oligarchs, bankers, a whole trolley of European Union big cheeses, industrialists, ‘thinkers’, house-trained media and, of course, celebrities (latest recruit: Jamie Oliver).
Once inside the perimeter, guarded by 4,500 Swiss troops, the uber-elite will then proceed to put the world to rights, as they have been doing for nearly half a century.
Just one problem, though: the world no longer seems to be listening.
Insulated in a bubble of five-star luxury, the invited guests will spend the day ruminating pointlessly on lofty themes like ‘Beyond The Possible’ and ‘Leadership In The Age Of Political Risk’.
By night, they will dine and party. Once these tended to be black tie affairs in hotel ballrooms, though the dawn of the brash internet billionaire has shaken things up a bit.
Two doors down from the Facebook house, the software giant Palentir has built a party venue with a replica front section of a private jet plonked in the middle of the room. That should help nudge the conversation along: ‘Hey, mine’s a bit like that . . .’



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