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Priscilla Chan

State dinner: All about big business, and bringing Mom

President Barack Obama's lavish state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping was supposed to be the social release after a long day of business. The head table told a different tale — bulging with the top brass from Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Disney, DreamWorks and more. The 200-plus guest list for the Friday's soiree was a business-heavy mashup of Hollywood, diplomacy and corporate chieftains, with ballerina Misty Copeland's presence offering it a bit of a lilt. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, part of the East Room's high-octane head table, was asked as he arrived whether the evening was all about business or pleasure. "Fun," he...