City of New York
Michael R. Bloomberg is the 108th Mayor of the City of New York. He attended Johns Hopkins University and went on to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In 1966, he was hired by Salomon Brothers to work on Wall Street. He quickly rose through the ranks at Salomon, where he eventually oversaw the trading firm's information systems. In 1981, Salomon was acquired, and he was squeezed out by the merger. He began a small start-up company called Bloomberg LP in 1981. Today, Bloomberg LP has over 250,000 subscribers to its financial news and information service. Headquartered in New York City, the company has 9,500 employees in more than 130 cities worldwide.
As his company grew, Bloomberg started directing more of his attention to philanthropy, donating his time and resources to many different causes. He has sat on the boards of numerous charitable, cultural, and educational institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, where, as Chairman of the Board, he helped build the Bloomberg School of Public Health into one of the world's leading institutions of public health research and training.
Already deeply involved in civic affairs, he officially entered public life in 2001, when he entered the race for Mayor of the City of New York. His election came just two months after the tragic attacks of 9/11, at a time when many believed that crime would return, businesses would flee, and New York might never recover. Instead, under Mayor Bloomberg’s forward-looking leadership and with his determination to build on the spirit of unity that defined the city after the attacks, New York rebounded faster and stronger than anyone expected.
In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg was re-elected by a diverse coalition of support that stretched across the political spectrum. In his second term, while balancing the budget and driving unemployment to a record low, Mayor Bloomberg has taken on a number of new challenges. He launched an innovative program to combat poverty that encourages work and makes work pay. He’s undertaken a far-reaching campaign to fight global warming and prepare New York for an estimated million more residents by 2030. And as co-founder of a bipartisan coalition of more than 200 mayors from every region of the country, Mayor Bloomberg is working to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and off city streets.
Michael R. Bloomberg's discussions:
- Is it possible to fix government? June 16, 2008
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- Obsolete Law SolutionsEnded: December 19, 2012
- Stay Tuned!Ended: October 31, 2009
- Social innovation in America's cities: getting more out of our social service delivery systemsEnded: September 25, 2009
- Infrastructure: What and How?Ended: January 15, 2009
- Should we scrap No Child Left Behind?Ended: November 20, 2008
- How can we restore order and respect in public schools?Ended: November 14, 2008
- Why is there so much school bureaucracy and what can we do about it? Ended: November 7, 2008
- Do we need a new deal for teachers?Ended: October 30, 2008
- What should universal national service look like?Ended: October 16, 2008
- What strategies best support the transition and re-employment of displaced workers?Ended: October 2, 2008
- Can the next President break Washington's addiction to short-term goals and special interests?Ended: September 11, 2008
- Would "loser pays" eliminate frivolous lawsuits and defenses?Ended: August 20, 2008
- Do we need a basic rewrite of No Child Left Behind?Ended: August 7, 2008
- Obesity Part 1: What's needed to encourage a culture of fitness?Ended: July 31, 2008
- Can we afford our entitlement promises? How close is the cliff?Ended: July 24, 2008