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Billionaires descend on Kiawah

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A number of celebrities, philanthropists and politicians have been staying on Kiawah since Wednesday.

Officials with Kiawah Island confirmed exclusively to News 2 that big names such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, TV host Oprah Winfrey, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and billionaire Warren Buffet flew into the Charleston Executive airport on Johns Island Wednesday night.

The famous guests were attending a two day long conference led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Officials say the meeting was about the foundation Gates and his wife Melinda run.

The meeting rented out the entire Sanctuary Hotel on the gated island. Security has been high throughout the entire week, keeping the public away from the hotel.

We spoke to the Mayor of Kiawah by phone who said the town is happy to serve as host to the event.

"We wish them luck with what they're doing," Mayor Charles Lipuma said. "If they want to play golf, they couldn't have picked a better weekend. We are glad we could offer them great weather."

News 2 reached out to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for comment, but our calls have not been returned at this time.

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