Michael Bloomberg Wants To Be Mayor of the World

As time runs out on his days ruling New York City, the billionaire reformer is taking his crusade global

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When Cameron, the Prime Minister, entered, the two men spoke broadly about Cameron's plans for a speech to his party and the recovery of the British economy. Bloomberg's advice was characteristically confident, spoken like a man who has made it and has the vast wealth and power to prove it. "The worst combination of things is to not try to do the right thing, and to lose," Bloomberg remembers telling the Prime Minister. "Then you have nothing to hold your hat on." Whatever happens, this is not a fate any would predict for Bloomberg himself.

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