Michael Bloomberg

United States
Born on 14 Feb 1942
Business Magnate, Politician


The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines.

Quoted on Wired (1999)
Is your company so small you have to do everything for yourself? Wait until you're so big that you can't. That's worse.

Bloomberg on Bloomberg (1997)
Buy what's deliverable, not what could be.

Bloomberg on Bloomberg (1997)
We get business that we wouldn't get if I were an inanimate object.

Financial Times (1997)
Someone once described the information business as exactly the opposite of sex. When it's good, it's still lousy.

New York Times (1993)
I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers.
Central planning didn't work for Stalin or Mao, and it won't work for an entrepreneur either.

Bloomberg on Bloomberg (1997)
After hard work, the biggest determinant is being in the right place at the right time.

Newsweek (1997)


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."