Moet Hennessy and Financial Times Club Dinner in San Francisco

Lionel Barber, Gavin Newsom, John Ridding
Lionel Barber, Gavin Newsom and John Ridding

One of the most prestigious events to be invited to is The Moet Hennessy & Financial Times Club Dinner which has been held annually since 2002 in Paris, London and New York. Only 50 to 60 people are ever invited, with the guest list largely restricted to C-level executives from the most important companies in the world, usually in the business, finance, luxury and media industries.

This year, the first such dinner was held in San Francisco. One of the City’s best restaurants, Quince, was taken over for the June 10, 2010 event, joining an elite group of restaurants (Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris, the George V in Paris, and the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York are some of the others chosen for the august setting.)

Guests included Gavin Newsom (Mayor, San Francisco), Marissa Mayer (Vice President of Search Products and User Experience, Google), Mark Pincus (Founder, Zynga), Ali Pincus (Co-Founder of One Kings Lane), Hilary Valentine (Executive Committee, Room to Read), Don Valentine (founder of Sequoia Capital), Ron Conway (Managing Partner, Portola), Ali Rowghani (Chief Financial Officer, Twitter), Matt Cohler (Partner, Benchmark Capital), Jeremy Stoppleman (Founder, YELP), Bill Brady (Managing Director, Credit Suisse), David Sacks (Chief Executive Officer, Yammer) and Shelby Bonnie (Chief Executive Officer, Whiskey Media).

Mark Cornell, Carol Bartz, John Ridding
Mark Cornell, Carol Bartz and John Ridding

The evening was co-hosted by Financial Times CEO John Ridding and Mark Cornell, President and CEO of Moet Hennessy USA. Each dinner includes a star speaker, and this year it was Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo, who engaged in a lively interview with Lionel Barber, FT’s editor.

Carol Bartz, Lionel Barber
Carol Bartz and Lionel Barber

Previous speakers have included Nicolas Sarkozy, Monsieur Yves-Thibault de Silguy (Presidents de Vincy), Sir Rocco Forte, (Chairman and CEO of Rocco Forte hotels), Rod Eddington (British Airways), Pascal Lamy (World Trade Organization), Willie Walsh (CEO, British Airways), Christine Lagarde (Finance Minister, France), Peter Peterson (Senior Chairman and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group), and Jeff Bewkes (Chairman and CEO, Time Warner.)

Mark Pincus, Marissa Mayer
Mark Pincus and Marissa Mayer
Ron Conway, Mark Pincus, Gavin Newsom
Ron Conway, Mark Pincus, Gavin Newsom
Ali Rowghani, John Ridding, Ron Conway, Don Valentine


Ali Rowghani, John Ridding, Ron Conway and Don Valentine
Jeremy Stoppleman, Trevor Traina, David Gelles
Jeremy Stoppleman, Trevor Traina and David Gelles
Matt Cohler, Noah Kerner, Allison Speer
Matt Cohler, Noah Kerner and Allison Speer
Shelby Bonnie, Richard Waters, Roger Barnett
Shelby Bonnie, Richard Waters and Roger Barnett
Don Valentine, Ron Conway, Mark Pincus, Carol Bartz
Don Valentine, Ron Conway, Mark Pincus and Carol Bartz
yahoo judy flores
Mark Pincus, Carol Bartz, Judy Flores and Ron Conway
Hilary Valentine
Ron Conway, Hilary Valentine and Don Valentine
Peter Svennilson, Fred Moll, Alexandria Albers
Peter Svennilson, Fred Moll and Alexandria Albers
David Gelles, Jeremy Stoppleman, Sloan Barnett
David Gelles, Jeremy Stoppleman and Sloan Barnett