A BILLIONAIRE NEW YORKER HAS A SAY
Former New York City mayor Michael T. Bloomberg — just “Mike” as he prefers to be called — is worth $45 billion, and ranks as the eighth richest man on the planet according to Forbes. But he’s also not running for anything.
Mr. Bloomberg came mighty close to a presidential run as an independent of sorts in 2016, prepared to drop $1 billion of his own money on the campaign, with retired admiral Mike Mullen as a running mate. But promising plans were as far as the team got.
“If I thought we could win, or had a reasonable chance, I would have done it. It would be totally unlikely, very unlikely that an independent could win,” Mr. Bloomberg tells CBS News “60 Minutes,” noting that his “pro-choice, pro-immigration beliefs” would not have attracted any Republicans while Democrats would have frowned on his insistence that teachers be evaluated.
“I’m 75 years old. It’d be an age issue, I suppose. I’ve got plenty of things to do. Maybe I’ll run for president of my block association, but not much more than that,” Mr. Bloomberg added.
And one other thing. Mr. Bloomberg knows his fellow billionaires, including conservative libertarians Charles and David H. Koch, liberal George Soros and of course President Trump. Mr. Bloomberg says the first three gents genuinely want “to change the world.” The former Big Apple mayor called Mr. Trump to congratulate him on his White House win; he says the president promptly gave him his private cellphone number. But there does not appear to be much affection there.
“I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one,” Mr. Bloomberg says of Mr. Trump adding, “I hope he does a good job.”