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Mike Bloomberg on Corporations

Mayor of New York City (Independent)


Wooed Goldman Sachs to NYC with $1.65 billion in tax breaks

Bloomberg described how he lobbied the CEO of Goldman Sachs to build the company’s new headquarters across from Ground Zero. Bloomberg says, “This is where the best want to live and work. So I told him, ‘We can help with minimizing taxes. Minimizing your rent. Improving security. But in the end, this is about people.’ ” The city’s workforce has plenty of admirable qualities, but even Bloomberg can’t spin the fact that Goldman got more than $1.65 billion in city and state “help” in the deal.
Source: Chris Smith, New York Magazine , Oct 3, 2005

Built up a $1.3B company from scratch over 20 years

It had been 20 years since we started the company--refugees from Wall Street motivated by an idea that we could build something new that just might make a difference in the world of money and investing. We were too young and too insignificant for anyone to warn us then that we were crazy to think we could create a company that could challenge the giants of financial media. So we didn't hesitate. Within a year, we had our 1st customer and 5 years later, our 1st overseas office. By 1989, our annual sales were approaching $100 million and there were now more than 400 of us selling a machine that had a small, growing following.

We added magazines, radio, and television--all tethered to the 24-hour machine--that made us unique as a multimedia company catering to the people with the most at stake. We were never satisfied and that drove us to work harder and build more. By May 1997 we were able to install our 75,000th Bloomberg computer terminal, bringing our annual sales to $1.3 billion.

Source: Bloomberg by Bloomberg, by Mike Bloomberg, p. v , Aug 27, 2001

Given $10M upon being fired from Salomon Brothers in 1981

So there I was, 39 years old and essentially hearing, “Here’s $10 million; you’re history.” One summer morning, the managing partners told me my life at Salomon Brothers was finished. On Saturday, Aug. 1, 1981, I was terminated from the only fulltime job I’d ever known, and from the high-pressure life I loved. This, after fifteen years of 12-hour days and 6-day weeks. Out!

For a decade and a half, I’d been an integral part of the country’s most successful securities trading firm, even of Wall Street itself. Not just in my head. If my press was to be believed, in everyone’s. Suddenly, though, needed no longer. I was a general partner. An owner rather than an employee. Nevertheless: Fired!

The Salomon Brothers Executive Committee had decide to merge the 71-year-old partnership with a publicly-held commodities trading firm, Phibro Corporation. For 63 of us, it was our last meeting as Salomon partners.

Of course, there was the $10 million I was getting. America’s a wonderful country.

Source: Chapter 1 of “Bloomberg by Bloomberg,” by Mike Bloomberg , Aug 10, 2001

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