The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland runs this year from Jan. 22 to 25. With 250 sessions and countless networking opportunities, the event is attended by the world's most influential business, political and cultural leaders including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, ECB President Mario Draghi, IMF head Christine Lagarde, and even (this year) actor Matt Damon. Davos packs more firepower than any other conference of its kind. Click ahead for an insight as the world's most prestigious gab-fest gets under way.
Left: Francine Lacqua, anchor for Bloomberg Television, left, listens as Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, speaks during a session on day two of the World Economic Forum.
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