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Blackstone Bacchanal

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When you’re about to take your company public and are being criticized for making too much money, attracting too much publicity, throwing yourself too grand birthday parties and eating crab legs valued at $40/leg, the best thing to do is attend a lavish soiree in your honor. Just make sure it's thrown and paid for by someone else.
Obviously, Stephen Schwarzman knows this, and will be feted tonight at the New York Public Library by a few of his closest friends. People like Blackstone Vice Chairman J. Tomilson, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice Chairman James B. Lee, Jr., Merrill Lynch & Co. co-president of global markets and investment banking Gregory J. Fleming, Lehman Brothers CEO Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Bank of America CEO Kenneth D. Lewis, Citigroup investment banking executive Raymond J. McGuire, Bank of New York CEO Thomas A. Renyi, Sony Chairman Sir Howard Stringer, Skadden Arps M&A laywer Peter Atkins, Wachovia CEO G. Kennedy Thompson. There's even talk that Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. co-founder Henry R. Kravis will be there.
We’ll be sending Senior Schwarzman Correspondent Scott Bressler. But if you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood, stop by and send us your notes.
The New York Public Library Honors Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, The Blackstone Group, at June 18 Corporate Dinner [NYPL]