Dear Commons Community,
Kevin Sheekey, Mayor. Blooomberg’s main political adviser, was quoted over the weekend as saying that Michael Bloomberg stood to become more powerful after leaving government. To quote: “Mike Bloomberg has the ability to be the best parts of Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates all rolled up into one.” This needs some examination.
Michael Bloomberg has made a good deal of money and people respect him for it. He has and continues to use his money well to wield power and influence others mainly by silencing critics and opposition by donating to their political and social organizations.
I see nothing of Bill Clinton in Michael Bloomberg. Clinton’s greatest asset was and is his personality and ability to speak and act close to people. Mike Bloomberg is the opposite and is stiff around people and is seen as an aloof billionaire.
As for Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch, they were both ruthless businessmen. Not that I would know personally but Bloomberg does not come across as “ruthless”. Presently, Bill Gates is trying to clean up his legacy through his foundation work which has not gone as well as he would like especially in education. Rupert Murdoch’s legacy is well established and after his recent troubles with his newspapers and bribery scandals in the United Kingdom, his and his family’s reputation is gone. As of right now, I see Bloomberg as better than either of these two.