Powder white snow and blazing sunshine are greeting the more than 2,500 world leaders and business stars atop the Swiss Alps.
Today the big rush to register at the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum is in full swing. (1,500 CEOs, 45 heads of state, 14 Nobel laureates, 9 European Union commissioners and 500 members of the international media are descending upon the Swiss village of Davos for this year’s event.)
This year's theme at WEF, as it's known, is "The New Global Context," which is actually appropriate considering how much has changed since the summer of global discontent. With the rise of Islamic militant group ISIS, the Israeli/Gaza conflict, Russian aggression and the extreme drop in oil prices super-imposed over the spike in market volatility, each participant here hopes to turn into a problem-solver.
There is no other event on the planet like the one in Davos. The mere fact that all these leaders hike up the mountain to Europe's highest city (and have been for the last 45 years) to have these conversations speaks volumes. But it's also a major opportunity for business leaders to do networking at hyper-speed. Some of the world's largest and even smallest companies have struck lucrative deals in the wake of what often starts as a conversation or two inside Davos' Congress Center.
That's why FOX Business is here. This is my 6th year covering WEF. I've got what's called "Media Leader" status, which entitles me to an all-access pass to every panel, every event. But I'm here to share it with you.
Beginning today I’ll be live on Varney & Co. for a scene setter, then catch me at 3pET on "Countdown to the Closing Bell." I'll give you a behind-the-scenes look at our broadcast space, the process of getting credentialed, and a look at the most important part of the goody bag: the boot grips so we don't slip on all the ice!
We've got you covered with an amazing lineup of guests. Beginning Wednesday, we kick off the forum in a major way, with world and business leaders. Don’t miss these interviews:
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris
IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond
(and the first installment of our can't-miss daily segment "Davos Dish" with Charlie Gasparino, SkyBridge Capital's Anthony Scaramucci and me.)
Finland Prime Minister Alexander Stubb
Andrey Kostin, chairman of Russian banking giant VTB Group
Ernst and Young Chairman Mark Weinberger
So join Team Fox Business: I'm here with my colleagues Maria Bartiromo and Charlie Gasparino to cover every inch of this all-important event unlike any other network. We’ve got you covered!