Event organizers of the annual Robin Hood conference told CNBC news on Thursday that hip hop rapper Jay-Z would be addressing the A list of Wall Street at the conference. He is expected to address leaders about his business career. The virtual conference, a fund raiser for the Robin Hood foundation, is slated for the sixteenth of June. Robin Hood is a top favorite among Wall Street charities and its board members are high profile.
In a statement to CNBC on Thursday John Griffin, the chair of the Robin Hood board said that they were especially excited to welcome Jay-Z who was one of the greatest entrepreneurs of his generation to speak at the conference. The Blue Ridge Capital founder also said that Jay-Z was an example of the type of visionary cutting-edge investors that share the stage at the conferences annually and provide expert insights while supporting the measurable and sustainable programs Robin Hood operates to raise New Yorkers out of poverty.
The foundation has collected over $20 million at investor conferences between 2016 and 2020. Other illustrious members include Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and vice chair, Jeff Blau CEO of Related Companies and Jacklyn Bezos, mother of Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.
Jay-Z is expected to speak about the recent deal of his streaming service Tidal and entertainment firm Roc Nation with Dorsey’s Square. He could also speak about his entrepreneurial ventures including the launch of his cannabis branch Monogram last year. He may also speak on the 50 percent stake that Bernard Arnault’s luxury goods company LVMH has in his champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, more popularly known by its nickname Ace of Spades.
The rapper is expected to speak about the criminal justice advocacy group he founded along with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Mike Novogratz, who is a well-known crypto investor. The group is called Reform Alliance and its mission is to make communities safe and to increase pathways to work and wellbeing.