Michael Bloomberg

(Michael Rubens Bloomberg)

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
  • Born: February 14, 1942
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Michael Rubens Bloomberg KBE is an American businessman, politician, author, and philanthropist. As of June 2018, his net worth was estimated at $51.8 billion, making him the 8th-richest person in the United States and the 11th richest person in the world. He has joined The Giving Pledge, whereby billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their wealth. To date, Bloomberg has given away $8.2 billion, including his November 2018 $1.8 billion gift to Johns Hopkins University — the largest private donation ever made to a higher education institution.

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And when the guy [politician] says “Yes, I took money, but it didn’t influence my vote”? Oh, come on. The company that’s giving you the money thinks it is going to influence the vote. Why else would they give you the money? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Being a fiscal conservative is not about slashing programs that help the poor, or improve health care, or ensure a social safety net. It's about insisting services are provided efficiently, get to only the people that need them, and achieve the desired results. Fiscal conservatives have hearts too — but we also insist on using our brains, and that means demanding results and holding government accountable for producing them Liberals & Conservatives
Canada reserves 35% of its immigration slots for skills they need. We reserve 6%. We educate the (foreign) doctors, but don’t give them a green card. Immigration & Emigration
Congress is afraid of the voters, and the voters are looking for leadership. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Dialoging is the first principle of good government. Management & Managing Government
Does your desire to smoke anywhere, at any time, trump the right of others to breathe clean air … ? … The need to breathe clean air is more important than the license to pollute it. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Elected officials, when faced with either-or decisions, inevitably choose both. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every time a mayor makes a big decision, half the people are against him. After his first 5 decisions the only ones left who support him are his family and a few friends. Public Opinion & Polling
Federal governments and even state governments within countries have basically been immobilized by conflicting interests, by conflicting views of what science is, and the inability to lead. They are immobilized because they don’t want to take tough votes and alienate half of the constituency. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Fighting crime is not cheap, because it requires boots on the ground. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Fiscal conservatism means balancing budgets — not running deficits that the next generation can't afford. It means improving the efficiency of delivering services by finding innovative ways to do more with less. It means cutting taxes when possible and prudent to do so, raising them overall only when necessary to balance the budget, and only in combination with spending cuts. It means when you run a surplus, you save it; you don't squander it. And most importantly, being a fiscal conservative means preparing for the inevitable economic downturns — and by all indications, we've got one coming. Liberals & Conservatives
For the first time in the history of the world, this year, more people will die from the effects of too much food than from starvation. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Giving Obama credit for killing Bin Laden is Ike giving Harry Truman credit for dropping the [atomic] bomb: any president would’ve pushed that button. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have a four-year term; presidents have a two-year term, because the midterm elections are so important. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I know why elected officials want to spend money. It’s great. I can get a vote from you if I give you some money. OK but that doesn’t help your children. It just helps you. Bureaucracy
I talk to the press five days a week … The president—how often does he talk to the press? His press secretary talks to the press every day, okay. But I happen to think the public should demand he should. I think he should; I think that’s his job. Secrecy & Transparency ;Media, Journalism & The Press
I think anybody should be allowed to marry anybody. Families, Children & Parenting
I wasn’t hired to do well in the polls. I was hired to do a good job. Management & Managing Government
I'd rather lock somebody up and throw away the key and put them in hard labor, the ultimate penalty that the law will allow, but I'm opposed to the death penalty Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
If I finish my term in office … and have high approval ratings, then I wasted my last years in office. That high approval rating means you don’t upset anybody. High approval rating means you’re skiing down the slope and you never fall. Well, you’re skiing the baby slope, for goodness’ sakes. Go to a steeper slope. You always want to press, and you want to tackle the issues that are unpopular, that nobody else will go after. Leaders & Leadership
If somebody asks me where I stand, I tell them. And that's not a way to get elected, generally. Nobody's going to elect me president of the United States. What I'd like to do is to be able to influence the dialogue. I'm a citizen Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Illegal guns don't belong on our streets and we're sending that message loud and clear. We're determined to see that gun dealers who break the law are held accountable, and that criminals who carry illegal loaded guns serve serious time behind bars. Guns & Gun Control
In 59 years I haven’t had to reinvent myself once. Public Relations & Image
In medicine, or in science, you go down a path and it turns out to be a dead end, you really made a contribution, because we know we don’t have to go down that path again. In the press, they call it failure. And so people are unwilling to innovate, unwilling to take risks in government … Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In Washington, they [the politicians] do take money—I know it’s open, though it’s hard to identify—they take money from the same people they regulate. Now, in New York City, you would never get away with that … Regulation & Deregulation
In Washington, they do take money—I know it’s open, though it’s hard to identify—they take money from the same people they regulate. Now, in New York City, you would never get away with that … Regulation & Deregulation
It's as if we expect border control agents to do what a century of communism could not: defeat the natural market forces of supply and demand... and defeat the natural human desire for freedom and opportunity. You might as well as sit in your beach chair and tell the tide not to come in. As long as America remains a nation dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness', people from near and far will continue to seek entry into our country. Immigration & Emigration
I've got the greatest job in the world. There's no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people's lives. It's a great challenge. Government ;Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
My job is to reach out to 8 million people whether they voted for me or not. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
New York is the big apple. As it goes, so goes the country. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Our immigration policies are national suicide. Immigration & Emigration
Reproductive choice is a fundamental human right and we can never take it for granted. On this issue, you're either with us or against us. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them, so they're a necessary evil Taxes
The art of politics is to find something in the middle that satisfies most. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The city’s [civil service] workforce must be considered part of the solution, not the problem. Bureaucracy
The costs of not doing these things dwarf the costs of doing them. The problem is that people don’t think about ‘Oh you saved my life’ and they don’t say thank you for that—and they don’t want to spend any money for the possibility of saving their life unless they are actually facing something. What government should be about is leading from the front and explaining … that people don’t want to spend any money, but … it costs more money to not do it... New York City’s average life expectancy is three years longer than any place else in America. Policy & Policy Making
The government was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions or favor one over another … We would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in Lower Manhattan. Discrimination & Prejudice
The illegal immigrants may have broken the law, but we have been complicit. Immigration & Emigration
The rate of firearms homicide in America is 20 times higher than it is in other economically advanced nations. We have to change that. Guns & Gun Control
The real world is somebody is going to win; somebody is going to lose. There are costs to everything, but if you make the long term investment which is investment in education, public health and infrastructure, then we will have a better world. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The Republican position of prohibiting funding for embryonic stem cell research, is insanity Terrorism
The Republicans Are Coming: Make Nice! Slogans & Mottoes
The thing that gives me the most pleasure in the world is knowing that I’m making a difference Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The thing that we have to worry about is this protectionist movement that has reared its head again in this country Foreign Trade
The War on Terror is not only to protect Americans. It's America's responsibility to protect people around the world who want to be free Terrorism
This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
To some extent … everybody is resistant to change. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that was opposed to the smoking ban … All of Western Europe followed New York City. Many of the states around here did. Every major city, including in the tobacco-growing states in the United States, did. Brazil is smoke-free. Mexico City is smoke-free. All of France, Italy, Spain, England—they’re all smoke-free. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
To some extent, it is [that] everybody is resistant to change. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that was opposed to the smoking ban … All of Western Europe followed New York City. Many of the states around here did. Every major city, including in the tobacco-growing states in the United States, did. Brazil is smoke-free. Mexico City is smoke-free. All of France, Italy, Spain, England—they’re all smoke-free. It takes a while. Leadership is about doing what you think is right and then building a constituency behind it. It is not doing a poll and following from the back. If you want to criticize the political process—and it’s probably true throughout history, and certainly not just in the United States—I think it’s fair to say, in business or in government, an awful lot of leaders follow the polls. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Too many conservatives in our country want to run up enormous deficits in the hope that someone else will pay for it. This is not conservativism; it is alchemy or lunacy. Management & Managing Government
Unfortunately when we get to the “debates” as we all know these are never debates. There are questions where there is never a follow up, where you ask a question and I the candidate give an answer that has nothing to do with your question, and then we go on and somebody else asks the other person and back and forth. It is not just the fault of the candidates. We tend to have to have a simple short answer to complex problems for the sound byte requirements of modern journalism and perhaps the education levels of the average citizen. Complex problems can’t be reduced to that. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have had over 400,000 Americans killed in our country by guns since JFK and Martin Luther King were. That is more Americans dead than were killed in WWII. Guns & Gun Control
We have had over 400,000 Americans killed in our country by guns since JFK and Martin Luther King were. That is more Americans dead than were killed in WWII. Guns & Gun Control
We now know beyond a doubt that global warming is a reality. And the question we must all answer is, what are we going to do about it? Environment & Environmentalism
We're not going to deport 12 million people, so let's stop this fiction. Let's give them permanent status. Immigration & Emigration
When you run a surplus you save it for a rainy day. You don’t spend it. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
You bet I did. I enjoyed it. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
You can’t prepare for the best case; you have to prepare for the worst case. Management & Managing Government
You can't manage science.... There are some things that you have to do based on the facts regardless of your ideology. Policy & Policy Making ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Management & Managing Government
America is built around this premise that you can do it, and there are an awful lot of people who are unlikely to have done it who did.
And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.
And I keep saying, whether you like the president or not, everybody has to pull together and help the president because, as the president goes, so goes the country, as the country goes, so goes your job, your ability to feed your family, your government. Government ;Families, Children & Parenting
And I think the more money you put in people's hands, the more they will spend. And if they don't spend it, they invest it. And investing it is another way of creating jobs. It puts money into mutual funds or other kinds of banks that can go out and make loans, and we need to do that. Money, Coins & Minting
And if I were the president, I'd go out there and I'd emphasize the things I have done, and I'd say, 'Some things haven't worked, and I'm sorry about that, but I keep trying.' And I'm - and I think the president is a very viable candidate, and you're going to have a real horse race here no matter who the Republican nominee is.
Canada sets aside 36 percent of their visas for people with skills they think their country needs. We set aside six percent. We educate the doctors, and then don't give 'em a green card.
Capitalism works.
China is investing in factories in Eastern Europe, not because their labor costs are lower, but because they want to be closer to their markets.
Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country. I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin.
Government is dysfunctional. Government
Government shouldn't tell you whom to marry. Government
I am what I am and, you know, I'm a very lucky guy.
I believe in Judaism, I was raised a Jew, I'm happy to be one - or proud to be one.
I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom. Freedom & Liberty
I don't believe that government is good at picking technology, particularly technology that is changing. By the time you get it done and go through democracy, it's so outdated. Time ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I don't know why you should be proud of something. It doesn't make you any better or worse. You are what you are.
I have the best job I could possibly have.
I know how to make decisions and stand up to the criticism every day.
I know something about how to build constituencies in an independent way.
I mean, you know, we don't live in a perfect world.
I never lie, so if somebody asked me a question, I told them.
I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That's not true... That would let the terrorists win. That's what they want us to do. Religion & God
I think we are not serious about attacking the long-term debt problem, and that's one of the things that he's going to have to find a way to get on the agenda.
I will say that walking down the street, getting on the subway, taking the elevator, if there's one or two people and they say, 'Great job, Mayor,' that is a real turn-on. I mean, anybody that wouldn't find that satisfying, rewarding, exciting, thrilling - I think they should see the doctor.
I'd be derelict in my duty if I didn't go and continue to use every advantage that I can to promote New York's cause.
I'd be happy to provide advice if anybody asked me no matter who the President is.
If a hurricane strikes, we can blame the president for not being there; we can blame Congress and FEMA; we can blame the state governments; but in the end, it's the mayors and the local city governments that have to be prepared for emergencies and be prepared to act.
If Warren Buffett made his money from ordinary income rather than capital gains, his tax rate would be a lot higher than his secretary's. In fact a very small percentage of people in this country pay a big chunk of the taxes. Money, Coins & Minting
If you really believe that you're making a difference and that you can leave a legacy of better schools and jobs and safer streets, why would you not spend the money? The objective is to improve the schools, bring down crime, build affordable housing, clean the streets - not to have a fair fight. Money, Coins & Minting
I'm not going to run for president. No way, no how.
I'm trying to change the culture in New York City; that's hard enough!
Ironically, it is exactly because we are a city that embraces freedom, that welcomes everyone and encourages their dreams, that New York remains on the front lines in the war on terror. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
It is exactly because we are a city that embraces freedom, that welcomes everyone and encourages their dreams, that New York remains on the front lines in the war on terror. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
It's no fun to protest on an empty stomach.
I've always thought if we don't want to enforce laws on the books, we should remove them from the books. But when you have laws, you breed contempt if you don't enforce them.
Last I looked - and I'm not a candidate - but last time I checked reading about the Constitution, the Electoral College has nothing to do with parties, has absolutely nothing to do with parties. It's most states are winners take all. Time
Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11.
Many of America's and New York's sons and daughters are around the world fighting for the freedoms that the Statue of Liberty stands for.
My father worked all the time. Time
No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.
Nobody is going to delegate a lot of power to a secretary that they can't control. Power
On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, 'What God do you pray to?' What beliefs do you hold?' Religion & God
Our goal here in New York is to ensure that every child who graduates high school is ready to start a career or start college and to dramatically increase the number of students that graduate from college.
People have no confidence that Washington, both sides of aisle, are coming together to try and do what's right for the economy.
People use so much more health care when they live longer. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Progress really is possible.
Stubborn isn't a word I would use to describe myself; pigheaded is more appropriate.
Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them so they're a necessary evil.
The CIA will only hire people with impeccable credentials to be a translator. 'Impeccable credentials' means you've never lived outside the United States.
The cold harsh reality is that we have to balance the budget.
The level of analysis that is done when you see laws created, whether it's the city or state or federal level - it's much more horse-trading than analysis.
The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry. But we live in a complex world where you're going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.
The politics of partisanship and the resulting inaction and excuses have paralyzed decision-making, primarily at the federal level, and the big issues of the day are not being addressed, leaving our future in jeopardy. Future ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The public is mad, frustrated, but what the public wants is progress.
The public is upset. If they haven't lost their job, they know somebody that has. If they haven't lost their house, they know somebody that has. What do you do? When something's wrong, it's government's job to fix it, it must be government that's responsible for causing it. Government
The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan.
There is no accountability today... no willingness to focus on big ideas.
There is no business in America that would be prevented from taking results into account when making personnel decisions. Business, Commerce & Finance
There's a fascinating statistic: One out of every four people in America has visited New York since 9/11. It is astounding. Now, I don't know how you count it; it's some people coming multiple times.
These endless legal challenges that define elections in New York are a joke in this country, and they are the reason why it is so expensive, or one of the reasons, it's so expensive to run here and why so many people decide not to run. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
This is the city of dreamers and time and again it's the place where the greatest dream of all, the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed. Time
This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. It's not politically viable; it's not morally right; it's just not going to happen. Society
To a contrarian like me, constant advice not to do something almost always starts me quickly down the risky, unpopular path.
Trees will improve property values, take pollutants out of the air, help with water runoff.
Unemployment in America today is too high. And part of the reason, unfortunately, is that many companies cannot fill the high-skilled jobs increasingly at risk of going overseas.
We all must recognize that homeland security funds should be allocated by threat and no other reason.
We are the safest large city in America, but any crime rate is too high.
We can be certain that cities around the world will compete for the jobs that the next revival of the financial services industry will bring.
We cannot continue. Our pension costs and health care costs for our employees are going to bankrupt this city. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We have to get control of our borders. You can only do that if you make companies obey the law and not hire undocumented or illegals. They can only do that is if they have a Social Security Card that has biometrics so they know whether the person is legal or not. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That's life. And it's part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11, 2001. Life ;Respect
We should remember it wasn't so long ago that confidence in New York was in short supply.
We will go forward... we will never go back.
We will rebuild, renew and remain the capital of the free world.
We would betray our values and play into our enemies' hands if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists, and we should not stand for that.
Well, we have to provide the world's best schools. We certainly don't have them, but that's our objective.
Well, you have the public not wanting any new spending, you have the Republicans not wanting any new taxes, you have the Democrats not wanting any new spending cuts, you have the markets not wanting any new borrowing, and you have the economists wanting all of the above. And that leads to paralysis.
We've shown the world that New York can never be defeated, because of its dynamic and diverse population and because it embodies the spirit of enterprise and the love of liberty. And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
What chance does a five-foot-seven billionaire Jew who's divorced really have of becoming president?
What goes on in Europe concerns us greatly because, if Europe comes apart, the E.U. comes apart, then you're going to have enormous impact on America, that's a very big trading partner of ours, and people own securities around the world in this day and age.
What has changed is that people have stopped working together.
Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question: Should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? Religion & God ;Government
When I came into office, people said, 'Billionaire? How do they live? What do they eat? How do they sleep?' Today, they see me on the subway coming uptown. A couple of people say hi, some people smile and nod. Some people just sleep. It's not an issue.
When you come in to court as a plaintiff or as a defendant, it is terribly important that you look up at the bench and feel that that person represents you and will understand you, that that person is reflective of our community and of our society. Society
Yes, they broke the law, but we can't deport them. Let's get over this pointing fingers and do something about that, whether it - they have to pay a fine, learn to speak English, the history, you can do that. And then you have to give visas for the skills we need. History
You are safer here tonight than you would be on the streets of any other city in the world.
You can't define what's middle class, what is wealthy, what is poor.
You can't depend on polls.
You can't sit there and worry about everything.
You don't make spending decisions, investment decisions, hiring decisions, or whether-you're-going-to-look-for-a-job decisions when you don't know what's going to happen.
You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn't work. And what's good theater and what's good politics isn't necessarily good economic policy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You know, I start with the assumption that -or with, with the belief that this president has to succeed. We all have an enormous amount of capital invested in his success. His success is the country's success. Success
You know, if it's a three-way race, the public has more choice than if it's a two-way race, and has more choice in a two-way race than a one-way race.
You know, if you look back in the 1930s, the money went to infrastructure. The bridges, the municipal buildings, the roads, those were all built with stimulus money spent on infrastructure. This stimulus bill has fundamentally gone, started out with a $500 rebate check, remember. That went to buy flat-screen TVs made in China. Money, Coins & Minting