Silicon Valley big shots to pay $36,000 for dinner with Obama?

According to several reports, President Barack Obama will be attending a fund-raiser in his honor at the home of Silicon Valley philanthropists tonight.

Who will dine with President Obama tonight?
President Obama last year hosted this landmark dinner meeting with some of tech's biggest CEOs. Who will dine with President Obama tonight? The White House

President Barack Obama will be the special guest at a dinner tonight in Silicon Valley that will cost attendees a sizable sum to brush shoulders with the commander in chief.

Details on the dinner party and how much it will cost attendees have been mixed. However, the event is scheduled to take place at the Atherton, Calif., home of Lisa and Doug Goldman, well-known Bay Area philanthropists. According to reports, attendees will pay $35,800 for a ticket to the event. The Mercury News reported earlier this month that President Obama's campaign will receive $5,000 of that contribution, while the remaining $30,800 will go to the Democratic National Committee.

Jeremiah Owyang, an industry analyst at Altimeter Group, set Silicon Valley ablaze with hype yesterday after announcing on his Twitter account that Silicon Valley bigwigs had dinner with the president last night for $38,500. Owyang, however, had the date incorrect. It's not clear if Owyang's price was a typo, and thus should have been $35,800, or if another figure is floating around.

No one has come forward yet to say who will be attending the event, but it's sure to be a highly sought-after audience with the president. Back in September, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg hosted the president at her home for another fundraiser. At that event, Obama spoke and offered a question-and-answer session to attendees.

(Via Business Insider)

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