PALM BEACH — While Muslim ban protesters are planning on marching to Donald Trump‘s Mar-A-Lago this weekend to protest during the Red Cross Ball, one can’t help but wonder if another group will protest income inequality at what promises to be the exceeding lavish 70th birthday party of billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman the following weekend.
Schwarzman, the CEO and co-founder of the top private-equity Blackstone Group, is worth $11.6 billion and was recently appointed to head Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, comprised of other titans of industry who’ve made outsourcing American jobs a point of pride.
So it’ll likely be a powerful crowd who come to sing the septuagenarian Happy Birthday, according to Avenue.
We’re told the weekend bash, scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 10, will include a private dinner at casa Schwarzman, a $33 million mansion at 1768 S. Ocean, just south of Mar-a-Lago on Billionaire’s Row.
Lunch will be held the following day at the Brazilian Court Hotel.
No word on the guest list yet, but we know Trump and Melania attended Schwarzman’s uber luxurious 60th birthday bash in New York ten years ago that was called “the beginning of the end of Wall Street’s gilded age.”
The party for about 500 guests cost between $3-$5 million bucks, right before the economy collapsed.
Everyone who was anyone was there including Barbara Walters, New York Cardinal Edqar M. Egan, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former New Yorker editor Tina Brown. Palm Beacher Rod Stewart and Patti LaBelle performed at that bash.
The major excesses of that party earned Schwarzman an unflattering profile on the front-page of the Wall Street Journal and a lot of hate.
Let’s see if the regret he felt for that party is still with him, or if he’s learned no lesson at all.