The Chosen Few: A Look At 10 Tech CEOs Meeting With President Trump

Tech Summit

President Donald Trump Monday is again convening a group of top executives from some of the giants of the tech industry. The goal: find ways to modernize the technology used by the federal government to boost overall efficiency. At least 18 tech leaders have been invited to the meeting, and among them are supporters and critics of Trump. In the following slides, we've rounded up details on 10 of the notable executives attending the White House and their relationship with the Trump administration to date.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Of all the CEOs at the White House summit, Bezos has probably had the most combative relationship with Trump. During the campaign last year, Trump accused Bezos of buying The Washington Post to gain political influence, and said that Amazon would "have problems" under a Trump presidency. Bezos, in turn, said during the campaign that Trump is "eroding our democracy." The "problems" promised by Trump have not materialized, however, and by all accounts Bezos and Trump had a cordial interaction during a meeting of tech executives in December.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple has also had a testy relationship with Trump, who during the campaign last year, for instance, asked his supporters to boycott Apple over the company's iPhone encryption stance. Cook -- who hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in August -- also slammed Trump's attempt in January at restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. After attending the December tech leaders' summit with Trump, however, Cook told Apple employees that "personally, I’ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be. The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena."

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

There aren't a lot of details in circulation about Nadella's political leanings, although he did endorse a Trump supporter, Republican Doug Burgum, for governor of North Dakota last year. What we do know is that Nadella was no fan of Trump's proposed immigration ban earlier this year. "As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic," he wrote in January.

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

A major Obama supporter, Schmidt went on to become an active participant in aiding the Hillary Clinton campaign, reportedly advising on issues such as web technology for the campaign effort. And shortly after Trump took office, Schmidt expressed a belief that the Trump administration would "do these evil things as they’ve done in the immigration area and perhaps some others."

Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz

One of the most Trump-friendly CEOs at the summit is Safra Catz of Oracle. Catz joined Trump's transition team in December -- sparking a public resignation from longtime Oracle executive George Polisner. Reportedly, Catz was considered by the incoming Trump White House for a position in the administration, although it didn't come to fruition.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Rometty has also been actively involved with the Trump administration as a member of Trump's White House business advisory council. "Our experience has taught us that engagement -- reaching out, listening and having authentic dialogue -- is the best path to good outcomes," Rometty wrote in a letter to employees in February. In November, Rometty wrote an open letter to Trump that congratulated him on the election win and offered suggestions around job creation.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich

Krzanich and Intel have something of a complicated relationship with the Trump administration. Krzanich had planned to host a fundraiser for Trump during the campaign last year, then canceled the event after The New York Times inquired about it. Intel has also been among the signatories to a tech industry letter opposing Trump's proposed immigration ban. But Krzanich had a highly publicized meeting with Trump at the White House in February, where the two held a press conference to announce a $7 billion investment by Intel for a factory in Arizona.

Founders Fund Head Peter Thiel

The most prominent Trump supporter in Silicon Valley during the campaign was Thiel, a venture capitalist famous for making contrarian bets -- and whose $1.25 million donation to Trump late in the campaign may go down as his most famous contrarian bet of all. Thiel had been a vocal supporter of Trump throughout much of the campaign last year, but he's reportedly had little involvement with the efforts of the Trump White House so far.

Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr

The less-obvious venture capitalist at the table today with Trump is Doerr, a longtime donor to the Democratic Party who also donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign effort. Doerr, a legendary Silicon Valley VC, had previously served on President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competiveness advisory group, as well.

Accenture North America CEO Julie Sweet

Sweet will be attending the White House meeting to represent one of the few companies on the list that actually specializes in technology for government. Accenture, through its Accenture Federal Services arm, has been providing technology solutions for the federal government for three decades across "every cabinet-level department," according to the company.