Jeff Bezos’ ultra-exclusive, off-the-record literary retreat, Campfire, is again this year after a COVID-induced hiatus, sources instructed The Post — however it might really feel just a little completely different than it did in years previous.
Even as notable visitors as soon as once more flock to a complicated resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to speak concepts and present occasions in an intimate setting, lots has modified for Bezos since 2019.
This year will be his first time to host the retreat without his now ex-wife alongside him to interact with the literary giants he’s internet hosting. Hi ex, MacKenzie Scott, is a Princeton-educated novelist who studied below Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison
Instead, his TV persona/helicopter pilot girlfriend Lauren Sanchez will be by his facet to greet luminaries who in years previous included feminist icon Erica Jong and lauded journalist Bob Woodward.
The new dynamic his girlfriend may convey isn’t lost on at least a couple of of the anticipated attendees of the occasion, which is ready to be held someday in late September or early October. “Everyone is used to her already,” an individual near the scenario instructed The Post. “Bezos and Sanchez are inseparable.”
Beyond big-name authors, the occasion is anticipated to incorporate its honest share of celebrities with whom Sanchez may have rubbed elbows in her Hollywood days. Film administrators and actors together with Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crystal and Ron Howard have beforehand made appearances. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and astronaut Neil Armstrong even have proven up.
But authors — like the person behind Game of Thrones, George Martin, and The Handmaid’s Tale creator, Margaret Atwood — are the main target of the occasion.
The convention comes as Bezos has taken a step again from the day-to-day working of Amazon, the world’s largest ebook retailer, the place he’s nonetheless govt chairman, and comes as Bezos has put extra time towards different pursuits, like exploring house and sure philanthropies.
“He needs to invent Bezos 2.0,” one particular person with data of the occasion mentioned. “He wants to be seen as a forward-thinking global player launching utopian initiatives to make the world a better place.”
A spokesperson for Amazon confirmed the occasion was taking place however declined additional remark.
The gathering, held yearly since 2009, typically takes place at the top of September or starting of October in Santa Fe. The variety of attendees ranges from as few as 50 to as many as 200. An attendee with data of the occasion expects this year to be on the smaller facet with maybe fewer than 50 visitors. The occasion is off-the-record, which suggests visitors are requested to not focus on the getaway or publish about it on-line.
Bezos has beforehand rented out the whole Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa for attendees — a 450-acre property outdoors Santa Fe. It’s unclear if the occasion will be held there this year.
While Bezos engages as a peer along with his visitors, his wealth is totally on show, based on experiences. Bezos pays for journey and lodging for visitors and their plus-ones.
Notably, Jeffrey Epstein’s fixer Ghislaine Maxwell attended the occasion in 2018, based on a report from Vice. Other now-infamous names who attended in previous year embrace Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose.
Meanwhile, since he left Amazon, Bezos hasn’t merely been trotting the globe — he’s been trotting the universe. In July Bezos, flew to house in a rocket created by his aerospace company Blue Origin. Earlier this week, he met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in New York, previous to the United Nations General Assembly to debate whether or not the web big was paying its honest share of taxes.