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Jeff Bezos Talks Everything But HQ2

Amazon’s CEO wanted to talk about his new philanthropic initiatives at a high-profile dinner Thursday night. Attendees had other topics on their minds.
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Hours after announcing a $2 billion Day 1 Fund to support homelessness initiatives and a preschool education program, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage at the Washington Hilton for an event with the Economic Club of Washington. In a sweeping conversation with the club’s President David Rubenstein, Bezos touched on high school (he “loved it”), his communication with Trump (“I keep my conversations with the President to myself”), and his own potential political aspirations (“You know what, I’ll be your VP”).

He did not address the crowd of protesters that swarmed the Hilton’s entrance, chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Jeff Bezos has got to go!” And he did not reveal the answer to the question most of the thousand gathered there were hoping he’d address: Where will he put Amazon’s second headquarters?