Michael R. Bloomberg, Honorary Chairman
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City from 2002 through 2013. In 1981, he launched a technology startup to provide real-time data and analysis to the financial services industry. Bloomberg LP has since grown into a global technology and media company with offices in 73 countries, employing 16,000 people and serving 320,000 subscribers.
Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York City less than two months after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than anyone expected. His administration cut crime, raised high school graduation rates, reduced the city’s carbon footprint, increased life expectancy by three years, and led to record job creation.
As a philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg has given away more than $3.3 billion. His foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, employs a data-driven approach to its five main focus areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. Bloomberg also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions focused on urgent issues in the United States, including illegal guns, immigration reform, infrastructure investment, and climate change.
In 2014, Bloomberg was appointed to be the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. In that position, Bloomberg has helped mayors and local leaders play a leading role in pushing for a global agreement on climate change.
Bloomberg graduated from The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.