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Washburn Award Winner 2014

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of New York City

“Everyone remembers the first teacher to have a profound impact on their life. For me, that teacher was the Museum of Science. When I was a kid growing up in Medford, I’d come to the Museum every Saturday morning. The Museum started me on the path to studying engineering, becoming a technology entrepreneur, and developing a passion for public health.”

In 1981, Michael Bloomberg launched a technology startup providing a real-time financial data service, which ultimately developed into Bloomberg LP, the world’s leading financial news and information company. He went on to serve as Mayor of New York City from 2001-2013, and in 2014 the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

As a philanthropist, Bloomberg has given away more than $3.3 billion, including $452 million in 2013. His foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is active in more than 90 countries and employs a unique data-driven approach to global change to its five focus areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation.

Born February 14, 1942 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Allston-Brighton, Massachusetts, Bloomberg graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in engineering and earned his MBA Harvard Business School.