MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG
DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS
Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City for three terms. The technology startup he launched in 1981 to provide real-time data and analysis to the financial services industry has grown into a global company, Bloomberg L.P. that now employs more than 19,000 people in 73 countries. He led the company for 20 years before entering public service full time. Since leaving City Hall in 2013, has resumed leadership of Bloomberg L.P.
Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York City less than two months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected. His administration raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent, cut crime by a third, reduced the city’s carbon footprint by nearly 20 percent, and increased life expectancy by three years. His economic policies, which supported entrepreneurs, small businesses, and emerging industries, such as technology and bioscience, helped to create a record number of jobs.
Bloomberg has been strongly committed to philanthropy throughout his career. His foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, employs a unique, data-driven approach to its five main areas of focus: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. Bloomberg also leads a number of bipartisan coalitions that are taking action on urgent national and international issues, including climate change, illegal guns, immigration reform and infrastructure investment. Bloomberg has served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, and in 2016, he was named the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.
Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.