Everything you need to know before the biggest hedge fund conference of the year kicks off next week

Jon najarian and co at the pool in Las VegasInstagram, ThedoctorjThe agenda is serious, but it’s still Vegas. You have to pool.

On Tuesday around 2,000 hedge fund managers, DC insiders, Wall Street bankers, reporters, security experts, and will.i.am will descend on the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas for an annual four day meeting of the minds.

Business Insider will also be in the scrum covering the action live.

It’s like this — SALT Las Vegas, an annual conference hosted by investment firm SkyBridge Capital, is the biggest hedge fund conference of the year, and the entire Street will be either there, or listening for the nuggets of news that come from there.

The agenda includes on and off the record talks with everyone from former Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to Sir Richard Branson, who is holding a talk about drug legalization. Michael J Fox will be there, and so will hedge fund managers like Kyle Bass, Jim Chanos and Leon Cooperman. James Carville and Karl Rove will share the stage for a panel on the 2016 Presidential election.

That’s just a slice of the conference action.

There’s some behind-the-scenes drama underlying the whole event too. CNBC once had exclusive rights to put SALT on air, but since the network broke with SkyBridge CEO Anthony Scaramucci last summer, Bloomberg and Fox Business Network are covering it this year. CNBC will be nowhere. Insiders expect the other two networks to really turn it up in CNBC’s absence.

So anyway — you can imagine this is a pretty colourful event.

Scaramucci, Anthony Scaramucci, SALT Conference, SkyBridge Capital, Skybridge AlternativesReuters/ Steve MarcusAnthony Scaramucci, CEO of SkyBridge

To get you all caught up, lets run down some highlights from last year:

Check out the full SALT agenda here, and we’ll let you know when we land in Vegas.

And here’s Gasparino in a fanny pack again. Just because.

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