Politician and education reformer Horace Mann once said that “Education..beyond all other devices of human condition, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” Another great equalizer, if only a fleeting one, is reportedly the men’s room at this week’s Milken Institute conference, which treats ex-politicians, journalists on assignment, and multi-billionaire hedge fund managers all the same.


The Milken Institute’s annual Global Conference in Los Angeles is on again this week, and there’s as much star power as ever, from former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair to Rwandan President Paul Kagame to pop singer Akon. There are so many big names at “Davos with palm trees,” in fact, that billionaires don’t automatically get VIP treatment. On Monday morning, for example, billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen was forced to wait on line for the men’s room, which was several minutes long given the high amount of males at the conference.

Maybe at other conferences spots at the urinal are given out on a net worth basis, but not here.

No special treatment for Milken billionaires [NetNet]

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  1. Posted by Quant me maybe ... | April 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Efficient peeing is an essential life skill.

  2. Posted by Quant me maybe ... | April 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Girls wait in line, men use the sink.

  3. Posted by NakedShort | April 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    quelle horreur!

  4. Posted by HotKarl | April 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Pissing on the bathroom attendant and not in the urinal is the way to go, bro.

    - R Kelly

  5. Posted by Alt_EST | April 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Blair: What? Ahh, come on!! Why does that happen? I shook it so hard I almost hit that pink puck.
    Cohen: Well, did you dab?
    Blair: What?
    Cohen: Dab. Did you dab?
    Blair: Uhh… no.
    Cohen: I dab.
    Blair: Well I don't.
    Cohen: You should dab.
    Blair: Stop saying dab!

  6. Posted by Guest | April 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Isn't this the reason why we hire female analysts?

  7. Posted by Guest | April 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    This would never happen if they still served piss at conferences.

  8. Posted by Tarmoma | April 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Stevie Cohen does not use the restroom. He is a perfectly balanced machine. He simply produces zero waste.

  9. Posted by Swing & A Miss Quant | April 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I think this sounded funnier in your head.

  10. Posted by Guest | April 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I bet they were all waiting for stalls so they could sit.

  11. Posted by Hobbes | April 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    He just goes there to shake unwashed hands.

    - Anonymous tipster

  12. Posted by Jeff Mackerel | April 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Chazzy Gasparino has a wide stance and he is a friend of mine.

    -Chazzy Gasparino

  13. Posted by Guest | April 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Who gets stage fright?

  14. Posted by guest | April 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Anyone else thought "humbling" was referring to something else?

    - Wolf InSecurity Quant

  15. Posted by Hatori Hanso | April 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Blair: "This water is very cold."

    Cohen: "Yes, and it's also very deep."

  16. Posted by Captain Oblivious | April 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I hear Stevie took an upper decker to exact a little revenge.

    Chaz is waitering the event, just to pick up some extra scratch not to try and get a scoop.

    Icahn and Ackman are sitting on each others laps and cooing. Nothing to see here.

  17. Posted by Bernie Madoff | April 29, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Hi Steve,

    You should come down here to NC – no lines and everyone is very friendly in the bathrooms.

  18. Posted by D. Sterling | April 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    You lost me at "Rwandan President Paul Kagame to pop singer Akon."

  19. Posted by Lord Humongous | April 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    The waste doesn't exit, that's what gives his teeth that golden hue

  20. Posted by Wu_ | April 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Any rugs available?

  21. Posted by Nathan. Buy-Wartrol | May 5, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    And stage fright would not an issue amongst these big wigs?