Michael R. Bloomberg
Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and three-term Mayor of the City of New York
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and three-term Mayor of New York City whose innovations in government and philanthropy have made him a global leader on climate change, public health, education, and other critical issues facing America and the world. Throughout his career, he has been strongly committed to giving back through Bloomberg Philanthropies, which employs a unique, data-driven approach to its five main focus areas: the arts, education, the environment, public health, and government innovation. He has given away $11.1 billion.
Bloomberg was elected mayor just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and, under his leadership, New York City rebounded faster and stronger than expected. His administration raised high school graduation rates by 42 percent, cut crime by a third, reduced the city’s carbon footprint by 13 percent, and increased life expectancy by three years. His economic policies, which supported entrepreneurs, small businesses, and emerging industries such as tech and bioscience, helped to create a record 400,000 new jobs. His administration invested more than $3 billion in the arts and cultural organizations, making New York City the largest funder of the arts in the country.
After leaving City Hall, he resumed leadership of Bloomberg L.P., the information technology start-up he launched in 1981 that revolutionized the investment industry and leveled the playing field for smaller firms. The company has grown from a one-room office into a global organization that employs some 20,000 people in 120 countries.
Bloomberg has continued to be one of America’s most fearless and effective voices on urgent national and international issues including climate change, gun violence, public health, and immigration reform. He serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, and as the WHO Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. The gun safety group he helped found, Everytown for Gun Safety, now has more than six million supporters and is the largest coalition of Americans fighting for common-sense gun laws. His partnership with the Sierra Club has shut down more than 60% of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, moving the country toward cleaner, cheaper energy.
Bloomberg is co-author, with Carl Pope, of The New York Times bestseller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet. Born in Boston and raised in Medford, Massachusetts, he earned a BS in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bloomberg is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina, and has two grandchildren. He lives in New York City.
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