Davos: Leo Varadkar joins AI chief Sam Altman at star-studded top table

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe, the public expenditure minister, met with a slew of big names including Open AI’s Sam Altman at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Sam Altman, chief executive of OpenAI: with AI at the top of the agenda at the forum, landing Altman at the IDA dinner was a coup for the Irish government. Picture: Getty

The promenade in Davos buzzes every night of the World Economic Forum with glitzy parties and exclusive events, but the IDA’s dinner in the Hotel Grischa remains a must-attend for those invited.

It was there that Sam Altman, the founder of OpenAI, spent a portion of his evening on Wednesday, despite being the most in-demand man at the power-brokers’ event.

Sat next to Leo Varadkar at IDA Ireland’s dinner, Altman was encouraged to expand his ...