World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos with some absences

The glittering World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

The annual pow-wow will feature headline names but a significant portion of the economic elite regularly skip the event, The New York Times notes.

On the roster are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose Abenomics may be able to break Japan out of a decades-long slump, and J.P. Morgan chief Jamie Dimon. Also attending are Treasury Secretary Jack LewJack LewOvernight Finance: House GOP plans short-term spending bill | Senate Republicans not happy | Yellen intends to finish term Lew: Don't paint Wall Street execs with 'broad brushstroke' Dumping Obama’s faux foreign tax legislation should be high on Trump's to-do list MORE, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Mexican President Pena Nieto. 

Skipping Davos are the likes of billionaire investor Warrnen Buffett, bond king Mohammed El-Erian of Pimco, and Apple CEO Timothy Cook.