Jack Shafer

How Bloomberg can still run Washington

By Jack Shafer
July 19, 2012

At the age of 70, Michael R. Bloomberg nears an actuarial end that not even his $22 billion net worth can reverse. By giving him a measly 13 years of life expectancy, the law of averages has made the New York mayor acutely aware of time. In 2006, he installed a countdown clock in his mayoral headquarters that marked time until the end of his second term. As his third term commenced in 2009, Bloomberg escalated his war on time, putting a stopwatch to meetings. Was he racing the clock, or, as the co-inventor of the Bloomberg Terminal,┬ádid he think that a firmer grasp on life’s raw data would prolong his life?

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By Jack Shafer
December 14, 2011

My original commitment to Bloomberg BusinessWeek was so small it was almost negative.