Celebrities and tech execs, luxury campsites in tow, are flocking to Burning Man

SFGate | 8/9/2017 | Katie Dowd
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IMAGE 10 OF 110Disney movies and Burning Man don't necessarily strike you as a natural combination, but former Walt Disney Studios chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg is quite the Burner. Along with his son David, who also works in Hollywood, the Katzenbergs hosted a 700-person Shabbat dinner at Burning Man.

"Everyone in our camp equally contributes their time, energy and resources to making the Shabbat dinner work," David told the Hollywood Reporter in 2016.

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IMAGE 1 OF 110 Socialite Paris Hilton made her first trip to Burning Man in 2016, and she documented the **** out of the experience. Behind her, you can see the luxury RV rentals that some wealthy attendees utilize instead of traditional hand-built camps.

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Burning Man began with a bonfire on Baker Beach in 1986 and has since ballooned into an entire lifestyle, industry and ecosystem. This August, an estimated 70,000 people will migrate to Black Rock Desert, Nev., for the yearly event. And while it's positioned as an experiment in anti-greed, counter-culture spirit, it has started to look like just another stop on the festival circuit for some celebrities.

In recent years, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum and even Diddy have been spotted at Burning Man, decked out in garish, camera-ready outfits. On the other end of the spectrum, Silicon Valley types, like Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page, have been decried for using the free-spirited event as a networking opportunity.

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"What we're seeing are many more of the Fortune 500 leadership, entrepreneurs and small startups bringing their whole team," Burning Man Project CEO Marian Goodell told the Chronicle in 2014, calling it "a bit like a corporate retreat."

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The influx of celebrities and tech execs at Burning Man has, predictably,...
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