Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was invited to Hong Kong as a keynote speaker for an Asian investment conference.
Business Insider reported on Tuesday that the request from CLSA brokerage firm was made almost certainly as a practical joke.
Our keynote speakers are notable luminaries who often address topics that go beyond traditional finance such as geopolitics, company spokeswoman Simone Wheeler said in a statement.
We just felt it would be a fabulous opportunity for CLSA clients to hear from Mrs. Palin, Wheeler said, adding that CLSA approached Palin with the offer.
The World Street Journal reported that Palin has never been to East Asia and isn't exactly famous for her mastery of public speaking or her expertise in finance and international affairs.
CLSA brokerage firm will hold its 16th annual investor's conference on September 23.
The conference will provide unrivalled corporate access to 1,300 global fund managers from 32 countries, representing more than $10 trillion in funds under management, according to CLSA.