The company, renamed Bloomberg LP, became widely successful throughout the ’80s and was worth $2 billion by 1989. Eventually, Bloomberg began branching out into other forms of media, including Bloomberg News and Bloomberg TV.
In 2001, Bloomberg decided to enter the world of politics and ran for mayor of New York City as a Republican. He won and took office in 2002, where he helped rebuild the city in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Already a billionaire, Bloomberg collected only $1 a year throughout his 12 years in the mayor’s office. However, he still doled out $650 million of his own cash along the way.
When he wanted to run for a third term as mayor, Bloomberg campaigned to change the law that limited officials to only two terms in office — and won.
His 12-year run as mayor might have ended in 2013, but Bloomberg isn’t ready to retire. Just one year after leaving office, Bloomberg stepped back into his role as CEO of Bloomberg LP, where he remains incredibly hands-on, according to Politico.
He’s also got a handful of expensive toys to keep him busy. Bloomberg earned his pilot’s license in 1976 and frequently flies his own helicopter — a six-seat Agusta SPA A109s helicopter, worth $4.5 million — around New York, from jaunts to Albany to trips out to the Hamptons.
Bloomberg controls an impressive real estate portfolio as well. At one point in 2013, he owned a whopping 14 properties worldwide, with homes everywhere from New York to London to Bermuda.
Bloomberg frequently flies one of his private jets down to Bermuda, where he owns a house right on the water. The former mayor heads to the island to unwind, and does everything in his power to keep his life there separate from his days in New York.
When he’s home in New York, Bloomberg relaxes in his five-story mansion on 79th Street. At the end of his last term as mayor, the billionaire started renovating the building, sinking at least $1.7 million into it.
Bloomberg is also a well-known philanthropist, and has donated over $2.5 billion to various causes through his charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
His recent gifts include $100 million to Cornell University for construction of a new tech-focused graduate school in New York City.
In 2013, he also gave $350 million to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, bringing the sum of his donations to the school to $1.1 billion. The latest massive donation made him the most generous living donor to any school in the US.
He’s also dropping $42 million through Bloomberg Philanthropies to improve municipal governments across the country. The program will help midsize cities learn to analyze and use data in ways that better help their citizens.
Bloomberg’s firmly in favor of gun control, and has pledged over $50 million toward a new campaign for stricter gun restrictions.
And though he’s out of politics for the moment, the Wall Street crowd hopes he’ll return to make a run for the White House. He hasn’t budged on the idea yet, but there’s still time…