Comedian and former late-night talk show host Jay Leno will be the keynote speaker at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit.
Mr. Leno was the host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” from 1992 to 2014. The popular talk-show which featured comedy and interviews with celebrities, aired on the American television network NBC. Despite being pitted against late-night legend David Letterman, and taking over from another legend – Johnny Carson – Mr. Leno’s show became the ratings leader of late night.
“Jay Leno is one of the most popular and recognizable television hosts ever. We are delighted to be welcoming him to the Cayman Islands as our keynote speaker,” said Chris Duggan, vice president of Dart Enterprises, one of the sponsors of the event.
“He leads an outstanding lineup of speakers and we are excited to have someone of his stature and personality on board to deliver what is sure to be an interesting and entertaining keynote address,” Mr. Duggan added.
Since he passed the “Tonight Show” torch on to comedian Jimmy Fallon in 2014, Mr. Leno has continued to perform at comedy venues across the United States and occasionally abroad.
He also has a Web-entertainment venture called “Jay Leno’s Garage” which relates to his passion for automobiles. Mr. Leno is an avid vehicle collector and owns hundreds of automobiles and motorcycles. He reviews vehicles on the Jay Leno’s Garage website, and the venture morphed into a weekly primetime series on CNBC in 2015. The show won an Emmy Award and two additional nominations.
According to his biography on the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit website, Mr. Leno has been “touted as one of the nicest people in show business and the hardest working.”
Mr. Leno uses his talents to help those less fortunate, performing at numerous charitable benefits and he leads the annual Love Ride in California to benefit numerous humanitarian organizations serving people with autism and muscular dystrophy, the Special Olympics, and many others. He has also assisted his wife Mavis’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, for which she and her foundation, Feminist Majority, were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr. Leno is also an author – he has written a number of children’s books, and has a monthly column in the magazine Popular Mechanics.
The Cayman Alternative Investment Summit will be held Feb. 4-5 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Other guest speakers and panelists at the summit include “world’s most famous hacker” Kevin Mitnick, actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Meghan Markle, Sport for Freedom founder Julia Immonen, One Young World co-founder David Jones, and human rights activist Kerry Kennedy. The conference will also feature panels with several investment industry experts.
Mr. Duggan said that this year’s speaker line-up is the “best yet” featuring some of the greatest minds in the industry.