Tom Cruise at today’s meeting
Right before CEO Mike Duke took the stage to a similar round of applause.
Where can you see Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and more perform for the low price of around $75? At Wal-Mart’s annual shareholder meeting.
Those performers are just some of the big name talent the big box retailer has enlisted to entertain investors at its annual shareholder meeting in recent years. For the thousands of investors who descended on Bud Walton Stadium at the University of Arkansas for Wal-Mart’s most recent meeting, held Friday, the retailer lined up movie stars Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman to speak. Investors also got to hear performances from Kelly Clarkson (who sang “Stronger”) and Elton John.
Investors holding at least one share of Wal-Mart (or any company for that matter) are eligible to attend its annual meeting. As of Friday afternoon, the company’s shares were trading at about $76.50. By comparison, tickets to a Kelly Clarkson concert go fo around $40 to $50 a pop on StubHub. But you don’t typically get Tom and Hugh at a Kelly concert!
Here are some other celebrities who have shown up to Wal-Mart’s annual meeting in the past. Who needs Coachella or Bonnaroo when one Wal-Mart share gets you access to all these stars.
1. Taylor Swift
Swift performed at last year’s meeting though it wasn’t webcast at the request of her record label.
2. Justin Timberlake
Timberlake was the host of the 2012 meeting where Swift performed.
Justin Timberlake is hosting Walmart’s 14k person yearly meeting right now. The world is fucked. #WMTshares @JTimberlake @Walmart
3. Ben Stiller
Stiller hosted the 2009 meeting and there is a clip of some of it on YouTube.
Ben Stiller at Wal-Mart’s 2009 meeting
Joining Swift and Timberlake last year was Steven Tyler. Sweet party, guys.
6. Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw performed with Joss Stone at the 2008 meeting.
7. Will Smith
Will Smith performed at the 2011 annual meeting.
8. The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas also performed the same year Smith did.
9. Alicia Keys
It was the year of the Black Eyed Peas! Will Smith! And, Alicia Keys.
10. Mariah Carey
Carey was a performer at the 2010 annual meeting. Reports from the time say that she sang “Hero.”