The most in-demand banker currently walking the earth.
Between Boyz II Men at The Mirage and Celine Dion at Caesars Palace, a hot new act has now played Vegas: Ben Bernanke.
Bloomberg News reports that one day only, live from Sin City - the economist formerly known as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Fifteen months after leaving the Fed and its trappings of mystery and power, Bernanke, 61, is settling into the peripatetic and highly lucrative life of a Washington former.
Beyond the dancing fountains of the Bellagio, in the gilded splendor of the Grand Ballroom, Bernanke played to a full house at the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference last week: 1,800 hedge fund types who used to hang on his every word. Bernanke is, in a sense, one of them now - a well-paid investment consultant who can fete clients, open doors and add a gloss of Fed luster to conferences and meetings. And he is thought to be earning millions.
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