He is the former mayor of New York City and a billionaire who was considering becoming president against Donald Trump.
But when it comes to his treatment of women, Michael Bloomberg has a much less admirable history, a new biography claims.
Bloomberg was once accused of telling a female worker to & # 39; kill & # 39; when she revealed she was pregnant, journalist Eleanor Randolph claims in a new biography that also describes sexist jokes and sayings that were so productive, a joke compendium of them was passed on to his employees.
In The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: Innovation, Money, and Politics, released on September 10, she says he once joked that he would rather work 14 hours a day than stay home and talk to his regular partner Diana Taylor about & # 39; feelings & # 39 ;.
Bloomberg reportedly said of a female employee that & # 39; I would do her & # 39; in a statement – and was accused by another of the & # 39; meat & # 39; of women.
A new book makes shocking assertions about the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, who publicly claimed he was unfathomable, but privately he could be common with a full repertoire of old jokes that were sometimes sharp and sometimes slipped over the edge & # 39;
Employees of his financial information company Bloomberg LP even have a book with Bloombergian & # 39; wisdom & # 39; compiled the line that said: & # 39; If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they would go to the library instead of going to Bloomingdale & # 39; s & # 39 ;, storing the chic department.
Randolph writes that Bloomberg, 77, are jokes & # 39; Borscht Belt standbys & # 39; and his assistants named them as & # 39; blunders & # 39; have done away with.
They seem to have made little difference to him by building a fortune estimated by Forbes at $ 55.2 billion, making him the ninth richest person in the world.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, a Bloomberg spokesperson said: "People should buy the book and read it themselves to see why historian Doris Kearns Goodwin made it a" # 39; first class study of leadership in business, politics and philanthropy & # 39; calls. & # 39;
Bloomberg himself is so enthusiastic about the book, he sends it to friends and encourages them to read it, Axios reported Tuesday.
Bloomberg was initially best known for the Bloomberg Terminal software for merchants that revolutionized Wall Street by giving users much faster information – the annual subscription is now $ 24,000 per year per unit.
Bloomberg LP has been expanded with a news service, a TV channel and a philanthropic arm that has so far given away more than $ 8 billion of its fortune.
Since then, Bloomberg has become mayor of New York, the city has overturned the city's limit law to hold a third term in office, switched from Republican to Democrat, considered and excluded from the presidency, and became the largest donor of his adopted party with $ 120 million in cash – as well as the country's largest financier of anti-gun campaigns.
He has collected homes in New York City, Westchester County, the Hamptons, London and the Bahamas, has collected a range of private jets and helicopters and an honorary knighthood of Queen Elizabeth.
The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg, published by Simon & Schuster, will be available on 10 September
He opposed the Donald Trump elections in 2016, but still found time to call him and give him blunt advice when he won.
It is far from Medford, a suburb of Boston, where Bloomberg grew up as the son of an American-Jewish family.
His teachers regarded him as & # 39; argumentative & # 39; and girls thought he was the & # 39; greatest nerd & # 39; but his hard work pays off and he joins Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he studied technology.
Bloomberg & # 39; s cold pragmatic spirit was seen in 1963, when John F Kennedy was murdered.
Young Bloomberg had booked the gym for a fraternity dance, but the nation mourned the event was canceled – which upset him more than losing the president.
Looking back decades later – he was still not over it – he said: & # 39; We had already spent our budget hiring James Brown and the Flames to play and then Kennedy was shot and we canceled the dance and could deposit not refunded. I never got the deposit back.
& # 39; It was like the death of Princess Diana … nothing has changed, no one else says & # 39 ;.
Bloomberg studied at Harvard Business School before going to Wall Street in the mid-1960s, a world that Randolph describes as & # 39; fast, mean, ugly, risk, obscene, and seductive & # 39; with & # 39; temptations everywhere & # 39 ;.
He was hired by Salomon Brothers, where his first job was counting bonds in the vault in his air-conditioned underwear and six packs of beer for refreshment.
Bloomberg worked his way to the trading floor, which at that time still had spit on the floor, cigar smoke everywhere and people greeting each other with & # 39; f *** you & # 39; like it was hello.
A trader described it as an & # 39; adult kindergarten & # 39; but Bloomberg became more difficult as a person.
When a colleague asked for leave for his grandfather's funeral, Bloomberg told him it was going to be a busy day, and added: & # 39; Would you mind if they changed the funeral? & # 39;
Bloomberg apologized later, but his & # 39; immediate response was to focus on sales, not on the people around him & quot ;, Randolph writes.
The 77-year-old is worth $ 55.2 billion, making him the ninth richest person in the world, and initially known for the Wall Street revolution in the 90s, depicted in his 1997 office in New York City
Randolph claims he once joked that he would rather work 14 hours a day than stay home and talk to his old partner Diana Taylor about & # 39; feelings & # 39;
Bloomberg has two daughter & # 39; s, Georgina (left) and Emma (right) with his ex-wife Susan Brown Meyer
After becoming a partner with Salomon, Bloomberg embraced his wealth and started his lifelong love affair with private jets – he is a licensed pilot to date.
According to the book, he boasted about having a & # 39; girl in every city & # 39; until he met Salomon Secretary Susan Meyer, a Brit whom he married in 1976.
They had two daughters, but she later discovered that Bloomberg was already married to his job and they grew apart and separated after 17 years.
Bloomberg said the only two bad days in his life were when his mother died and when his father died.
Journalist Eleanor Randolph claims these claims in her new book The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg, published by Simon & Schuster
Randolph quotes an employee who helpfully suggests that there may have been a third – the day his wife left him.
According to Randolph & # 39; mocked & # 39; Bloomberg with the idea of getting married again, but found love with Diana Taylor, a financial director with whom he has had a relationship since 2000.
Even she couldn't escape his colorless humor and in an interview on Bloomberg Television he joked about returning to work instead of staying at home and talking to Diana about feelings & # 39 ;.
Just to be sure, he added: & # 39; If that doesn't put you back to work, I don't know what is. & # 39;
Salomon let Bloomberg go in 1981 with a $ 10 million payout, which he set up his own company and set three talented young colleagues to do.
Their early Bloomberg Terminal prototype, called the Market Master, looked like an old cathode ray TV, but it was enough to convince Merrill Lynch to invest $ 30 million – and it started.
The timing of Bloomberg was perfect as computers grew older and trading volumes became so large that paper could not keep up.
By 1990, the company had sold 8,000 terminals as Bloomberg did in 14 hours and was obsessed with small details, and admitted that when he saw old paper on the floor, he & # 39; wanted to scream & # 39 ;.
He was not bothered by fools at all and admitted that & # 39; I tend to break phones all the time & # 39; because he struck them in anger.
After leaving his post in 2013, Bloomberg considered becoming president in 2016 when Donald Trump (pictured in 2013 with Bloomberg and Jared Kushner) became the Republican candidate, but withdrew and Trump a & # 39; scammer & # 39; called. He then played with a 2020 run and dropped again
Bloomberg served three terms as mayor of New York City, pictured as sworn in 2010 with his daughters Emma (left) and Georgina (right) for the third time, after overcoming term laws
In the book, Randolph writes that it would be too simple to describe Bloomberg as a & # 39; two-dimensional machoman on Wall Street & # 39; but as Bloomberg LP grew, problems continued to arise with women.
He was inscrutable in public, but privately he could be & # 39; ordinary with a full repertoire of old jokes that were sometimes sharp and sometimes slipped over the edge & # 39 ;, Randolph writes.
She talks about Bloombergs & # 39; easy chatter about the splitting of women & # 39; and & # 39; proclamations that women need to wear high heels & # 39 ;.
In the mid-1990s, four women filed sexual harassment proceedings against Bloomberg LP, including sales executive Sekiko Garrison, who claimed that Bloomberg had told her to kill her unborn baby & # 39;
He was so tired of being the 16th woman in the company who went on maternity leave.
Before that, Bloomberg saw her engagement ring and reportedly said to her: & What is the man stupid and blind? Why the hell is he marrying you? & # 39;
After a week he came back and reportedly said: & # 39; Still engaged? What, is he so good in bed, or did your father pay him off to get rid of you? & # 39;
It was Garrison who supposedly told Bloomberg that he would & # 39; do & # 39; but he later claimed he intended to have a personal relationship with her.
Bloomberg has always denied making the comments, but finally decided with Garrison because he felt that the suit could disrupt the focus of the company.
In a statement, Bloomberg LP told DailyMail.com that Bloomberg had denied that he said: & # 39; Kill it & # 39 ;, had done a lie detector test and passed.
In 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Bloomberg LP and claimed that the company promoted and sustained a hostile environment for women & # 39 ;.
The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of 78 women, was thrown out by a judge four years later, although some claims were allowed to continue, with the case eventually ending in 2015.
& (39) (Main) Judge (Loretta) Preska would reject allegations of discrimination against Bloomberg in a far-reaching and pointed sequence of sixty-four pages, & # 39 ;, Randolph writes.
Bloomberg was proud when he launched the Financial Services Gender-Equality Index with voluntary entries from companies to show that they achieved gender equality.
Bloomberg succeeded Rudy Giuliani as mayor of New York City with a plan to remove New York from his position 9/11
During his campaign, Bloomberg came under fire when his opponent drew attention to The Portable Bloomberg – a book that draws up quips he made over the years – in which he described the British royal family as & # 39; a couple misfits – a gay man, an architect, that horse-like lesbian face, and a child who gave up Koo Stark for a big fat & # 39;
By 2018, more than 100 submitted their numbers. There was a notable exception, Bloomberg LP, which was conveniently excluded because it is a private company.
Bloomberg's ambitions went beyond Bloomberg LP and, after having played with a presidential run, he ran for Mayor of New Yorkdf in 2001.
During his campaign, Bloomberg's record on women again came into the spotlight when his Democratic rival threw himself into & # 39; The Portable Bloomberg: The White and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg & # 39 ;.
The book, made in-house, was a compilation of quips that Bloomberg had probably made to staff over the years, and none of them were flattering.
According to Randolph and several reports at the time, one of them was: & The (British) royal family – what a bunch of outsiders – was a gay, an architect, a horse with lesbian faces, and a child that Koo Stark for a couple specified fat wide. & # 39;
Bloomberg also said: & # 39; The three biggest lies are: the check is by mail, I will respect you tomorrow morning and I am glad I am Jewish. & # 39;
Another one-liner was: & # 39; I am sure that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site and does not get a whistle, turns around and keeps walking past until she gets one. & # 39;
Randolph claims that this & # 39; unmistakably rough conversation & # 39; was largely forgotten by the media & # 39 ;.
Bloomberg LP told DailyMail.com that the collection & # 39; was not intended as direct quotes & # 39; but Elisabeth DeMarse, the one-off Bloomberg assistant who composed the collection, told the New York magazine exactly the opposite in 2001, saying: & # 39; These are his lines. Everything within I have often heard him say. I sat next to him for seven years. & # 39;
Nevertheless, Randolph points out that Bloomberg has elevated women to the highest level of Bloomberg LP, especially Patti Harris, whom he regards as one of his closest confidants and who now runs Bloomberg Philanthropies.
New York city speaker Christine Quinn, who succeeded Bloomberg as mayor, claimed that he once made a big joke about her age and appearance
She told Randolph: & # 39; I have worked for him for 25 years and women have always held managerial positions.
& # 39; Everyone who works hard and performs well is rewarded regardless of gender or race or sexual orientation or anything else. & # 39;
The company website now includes a section on & # 39; promoting women & # 39 ;, with a quote from Bloomberg himself and details on his plans to promote women within the company and helping them in areas such as economic development and maternal health through his philanthropic arm.
In 2019, he also announced to employees the extension of the company's paid parental leave policy from 18 to 26 weeks.
Certainly, the coarse Bloombergisms did not hurt him during the polls in 2001.
New York voters supported Bloomberg as the Republican mayor candidate, with the billionaire Rudy Giuliani taking over in 2002 with a plan to lift New York out of its financial crisis after 9/11, when it seemed likely that the financial services sector could flee what was a vulnerable city.
Bloomberg spent no less than $ 73 million of his own money on the campaign, or $ 98 for each of the 744,000 votes, an amount that seemed more appropriate to a presidential campaign.
Bloomberg would serve three terms as a mayor of New York with a mixed record with critics who said he was too business-friendly and failed in minorities, especially in the police field.
He became known as the & # 39; Nanny Mayor & # 39; for trying to ban soft drinks and weapons, a campaign he took on the national scene when he charged 27 unofficial arms dealers.
Bloomberg tried and failed to introduce a congestion tax in New York – it now appears to be advancing under a combination of his successor, Bill de Blasio and state governor Andrew Cuomo – but he successfully prohibited trans fats in food and smoking in bars – a movement that is copied all over the world.
During his office, the Borscht Belt routine kept coming from Bloomberg.
He once called the American Irish Historical Society a place where & # 39; a bunch of people who are totally drunk & # 39; hang from the balcony.
He compared the teacher's union with the NRA at a time when he was trying to reform the city's education system.
& # 39; Do you pay a lot to have your hair made in two colors? Because it is now three with the gray & # 39 ;, says the author, Bloomberg asked Christine Quinn, then a speaker of the New York City Council. They are shown together during the Pride March 2012 in New York City
At a holiday party in New York for the city's gay media elite, Bloomberg said: & I have not seen so many boys since signing a Ricky Martin book. & # 39;
Bloomberg showed off his pink sweater and added: & # 39; You have to see what's in my closet. & # 39;
In an article for New York Magazine, a former New York city speaker, Christine Quinn, who ran unsuccessfully to succeed Bloomberg as mayor, claimed that he once made a big joke about her age and appearance.
Allegedly he said: & # 39; Do you pay a lot to have your hair have two colors? Because it is now three with the gray. & # 39;
According to the article, Bloomberg once gave birth to a woman in a tight dress and to the male journalist who wrote the piece: & # 39; Look at the a ** on her. & # 39;
After taking office in 2013, Bloomberg again considered applying for the presidency in 2016 when Donald Trump became the Republican candidate.
He retired as independent and feared that his death notice would be that he was the man who got Trump, a man with whom photographed repeatedly was chosen.
Bloomberg considered it again in 2018 – this time for the Democratic ticket – but decided not to walk and publicly criticized Trump and said: & I know a scammer when I see one. & # 39;
According to Randolph, Bloomberg spoke with the president on the phone after his victory in 2016 and & # 39; he advised Trump to hire people smarter than himself, which Bloomberg's supporters decided it couldn't be that difficult & # 39 ;.
Bloomberg would have said to Trump: & Look, Donald, you know nothing about this job. & # 39;
Bloomberg told the president-elect from one billionaire to the other that he had to choose smart people to surround him and give him good advice.
He told him: & # 39; You can't run away from how our government has evolved for over 100, 200 years and says it's all bulls *** & # 39; – advice that Trump has completely ignored.
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