Forbes ranks him the 13th-richest person on the planet and the 29th-most powerful, just one place below the Indian prime minister, leader of the world’s biggest democracy.
However, he strongly rejects as “just campaign rhetoric” accusations that he has not done enough for the poor, telling New York Magazine recently that about 300,000 jobs have been created “at the bottom end.”
Bloomberg’s future remains unclear. His philanthropy is legendary and he has held up former US president Bill Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates as examples of good work he would still like to do.
However in the short term, he told Forbes he would be off in January on his first vacation with his girlfriend in 12 years — to play golf in Hawaii and New Zealand.