Michael Bloomberg biography
Michael Bloomberg was born on February 14, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts. Bloomberg put himself through Johns Hopkins and Harvard and became a partner at Salomon Brothers. He started his own company which revolutionized the distribution of financial information and made him a billionaire. In 2002, Bloomberg became mayor of New York City. He was re-elected for a second, then a controversial third term.
Michael Rubens Bloomberg was born on February 14, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts. The son of a bookkeeper, Bloomberg put himself through Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 1966. His first Wall Street job was with Salomon Brothers, where he quickly climbed the ladder, becoming partner in 1972.
When Salomon Brothers was bought in 1981, Bloomberg started his own company, Bloomberg L.P., built around a financial information computer that revolutionized the way securities data was stored and consumed. The company was enormously successful and soon branched into the media business with more than 100 offices worldwide. As one of the wealthiest men in the world, Bloomberg chose to turn his attentions to philanthropy, with an emphasis on education, medical research and the arts.
New York Mayor
Bloomberg entered the political arena in 2002, when he won election as the 108th mayor of New York. Considered a liberal Republican, Bloomberg is pro-choice and in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. His most popular program as mayor was establishing a 311 telephone line that put callers in contact with the city, allowing them to report crimes, trash problems, or anything else. Bloomberg was re-elected mayor in November 2005.
Controversially, in 2008 Bloomberg was able to push through legislation allowing him to run for a third term as mayor, citing that the particularly difficult economic climate and his financial skills warranted his remaining in office. After spending an unprecedented amount of his own money (upwards of $90 million) on the campaign Bloomberg secured a third four-year term in November of 2009.
In November 2013, Bloomberg talked with Forbes magazine about his life after he leaves office. He and his girlfriend Diana Taylor are planning to take their first vacation since he became mayor after he steps down in January 2014. Democrat Bill de Blasio will become New York City's new mayor.
Bloomberg published an autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, in 1997. He and his former wife, Susan Brown, have two daughters, Georgina and Emma.