'Succession' took on this invite-only billionaire tech retreat and it got a lot right - down to the name tags
- The retreat for power players featured in the latest episode of HBO's "Succession" is based on a very real "billionaires summer camp" in Idaho, and the annual guest list includes names like Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates.
- While the Roy family endured a PR nightmare in the midst of an acquisition attempt at the fictional conference, the real-life Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference often spurns major media and tech mergers and deals.
- One joke in the episode, titled "Argestes," is that everyone has to wear name cards, even Mark Zuckerberg. That's just one of the references that ring true.
- Warning: "Succession" spoilers ahead.
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In season 2, episode 6 of HBO's billionaire family dramedy "Succession," the Roys attend a media and banking retreat. The Roy family is aiming for an acquisition, but end up dealing with an unexpected bout of bad press.The setting is a conference called Argestes modeled almost perfectly after a real-life counterpart: The Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Each summer, a laundry list of the richest, most influential people in business, media, and technology join together, striking major deals with each other along the way.Advertisement
As usual, "Succession" expertly wove together its fictional narrative with references from the real world happenings at the Sun Valley conference. Here are just some of the ways the Roys' retreat from hell poked fun at the actual goings-on of powerful, wealthy individuals.
The attendees fight for space for their private jets.
Members of the press can snap photos outside the conference when everyone arrives, but the actual events are closed off.Advertisement
Speaking of leisure outfits, the puffy vests worn by the Roys mirror the relaxed dress code of Sun Valley.
And name tags actually are required — and Mark Zuckerberg does wear one.Advertisement
Greg says he touched Bill Gates, who is a Sun Valley regular.
The Argestes retreat includes a "culture" walk through a serene natural setting that includes a waterfall.Advertisement
The Roys attempt to finalize a media merger before news of their bad PR spreads.
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