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Jagger schmoozes with media elite, including NYT’s Abramson, at Davos

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Jagger performs at the 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/AP)

The media elite--that is, those not covering the GOP race--are returning from last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, all to answer a common question: Did you see Mick Jagger?

The Rolling Stones frontman was the most-talked about attendee at this year's forum--even if he didn't attend the conference itself. Jagger made cameos at the Young Global Leaders party, a Newsweek/Credit Suisse dinner (where Tina Brown introduced Jagger to 2011 Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee, who admitted later, "I had no idea who he was") among other, scene stealing appearances--adding some rock-and-roll royalty to what could have been a subdued summit, given the dire global economy.

"Nothing like a cocktail-party cameo by Mick Jagger to bring that swagger back," Barbie Latza Nadeau wrote last week on NewsBeast.

The 67-year-old singer declined an invitation to at least one party, hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, over what he called "political football." ("During my career I have always eschewed party politics and came to Davos as a guest, as I thought it would be stimulating," Sir Mick said in a statement. "I have always been interested in economics and world events. I now find myself being used as a political football and there has been a lot of comment about my political allegiances which are inaccurate. I think it's best I decline the invitation.")

According to one attendee at Davos, Jagger made face-time with New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson and DealBook editor-at-large Andrew Ross Sorkin, who were invited to his private chalet above town.

A spokewoman for the Times confirmed a meeting to Yahoo News, but declined to offer further details: "They were all in Davos and I know they had the opportunity to chat. Beyond that, there's not much more to it."

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