The CEOs of some of the largest and most influential U.S. technology companies made the guest list at a gala White House state dinner held in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao Wednesday evening.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, and John Chen, chairman, CEO and president of Sybase, are on the list.
Chen is also chairman of the Committee of 100, a group of prominent Chinese Americans.
Also on the list are Jeff Immelt, of General Electric, and Paul Otellini of Intel.
Clean tech venture capitalist Steve Westly was also on the list as was Bob Iger, Disney’s president and CEO.
Notably absent from the list, however, are any executives from the most influential tech company of our time: Google.
Google moved its search operations to Hong Kong last March after discovering that its system had been hacked, quite possibly at the direction of Chinese officials.
Below is the full state dinner party guest list, made available by the White House Wednesday.
Among the guests are many of China’s and the U.S.’ top government officials, cultural icons such as Jackie Chan, Bette Bao Lord and designer Vera Wang, and former Hong Kong Governor Tung Chee Hwa.
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