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Tuesday 24 October 2017

President Clinton is here ... and so is Bill - Hillary is star of glitzy fundraiser event

Make no mistake about the main attraction at this year's meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Although superstars Leonardo DiCaprio, Eva Longoria and Sting were all on the glittering guest list at the annual awards night, most of the attendees were there to see if Hillary Clinton would formally announce her intention to run for US President 2016.

The celebrity affair is something of a who's who in Hollywood and former US president Bill Clinton is usually the top draw. But even he was overshadowed with queries about his wife's political intentions.

Speech

And host of the nonprofit's Global Citizen Awards ceremony, Seth Meyers, touched a nerve in his opening speech.

"President Clinton is here - give it up - and so is Bill," he joked.

And while Mrs Clinton hasn't confirmed if she'll run, Meyers said, her recent appearance in Iowa - where the first election caucuses are held - is a pretty good sign because if you don't have family in Iowa "you're probably going for president reasons".

Hillary is due to open the CGI program with a discussion with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Ki. She'll close the conference with a panel discussion on empowering women and girls with philanthropist Melinda Gates, and with her husband on unlocking innovation.

The annual gathering draws CEOs, world leaders, celebrities and donors, many of whom Clinton may lean on if she runs.

And she's already got some high-profile supporters.

"Hillary, my love! She's brilliant!" gushed one such backer, fashion designer Donna Karan. "She already has showcased her strengths. This is just a continuation of everything she does."

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