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Since his days as our Mayor, Michael Bloomberg has been doing his best to stay busy. Earlier this year he reinserted himself at Bloomberg LP, he funded an African media initiative, and now he’s taking on the NRA. This is a man who doesn’t enjoy idle hands.
According to the New York Times, Bloomberg is dedicating $50 million to motivate gun control advocates to not only vote, but to punish those who don’t support their cause, much like the NRA does. It’s a valiant plan, and Bloomberg knows it. In fact, while we love the idea, it’s Bloomberg’s self-love that is endearing and hilarious at the same time.
When the Times asked Bloomberg if his image as a rich, former Mayor of New York who banned such American staples as too much salt and gigantic soft drinks, he was nonplussed.
As anyone who follows the media beat knows, Michael Wolff pretty much hates everything, and that’s what makes him sort of fun. He’ll pan anyone and everything having to do with media, no matter who they are or how successful a company has been in the past. Nothing matters, because everything is terrible. Wolff is so grumpy that if given the chance, he’d pen a 2,500 word column on the downfall of ice cream. “The cone strategy is flawed! Sprinkles don’t resonate with today’s youth!”
Twitter has launched a great site — first-tweet.com — that will embarrass any user. Naturally we thought this would be a great opportunity to make fun of some media elite.
First-tweet is self-explanatory — it allows you to see any public users’ first tweet. Most of them are boring, but some — like the ones below — are worth pointing out. Oh, and in case you’re wondering — your FishbowlNY editors’ first tweets were fantastic.
First Tweets from Media Mavens
Rupert Murdoch was still grappling with basic English when he sent his first tweet.
Katie Couric, via a new Tumblr blog, has been keeping readers posted about tomorrow’s big Yahoo debut. The global anchor solicited questions from readers for her conversation with Michael Bloomberg and today shared this post-taping photo from the United Nations (Bloomberg was recently appointed special envoy for cities and climate change):
Is he going to keep fighting for more gun control? I’m not a stranger to guns as I was a sniper in the Israeli underground, but too many people are dying from guns in this country.
Bill Gates is back on top. Forbes has named the 58-year-old Microsoft founder the richest person on the planet, a spot he had lost to Carlos Slim for the past four years.
Gates is now worth $76 billion. He’s followed closely by Slim, worth $72 billion. Rounding out the top five Richest People on the Planet list are Amancio Ortega ($64 billion), Warren Buffett ($58 b) and Larry Ellison ($48 b).
Below are some other highlights from the Forbes list. Click here for the entire thing. But only do so if you enjoy being jealous.
- 172 women made the list, the most ever
- David Thomson, chairman of Reuters, is the richest media person. He’s worth $22 billion. Michael Bloomberg is ranked 16 overall, worth $33 billion. Rupert Murdoch is ranked 78 overall, worth $13 billion.
- Mark Zuckerberg was the year’s biggest gainer. His net worth jumped from $15 billion to $28 billion.
Bloomberg View, the opinion arm of Bloomberg News, is growing up. The site now has its own URL (Bloombergview.com) and a brand new look.
The revamped View features responsive design which David Shipley, senior executive editor of the site, hopes will highlight its columnists.
“This updated website is the natural progression of our growth in the opinion space,” said Shipley, in a statement. “Bloomberg View’s reach has grown steadily since our inception nearly three years ago, and the redesign mirrors our evolution toward a core group of columnists and editorialists exploring and defining the issues of the moment.”
It’s not surprising that Bloomberg View has changed so drastically. When Michael Bloomberg rejoined Bloomberg Media, we noted that his focus would be on growing the site. When the boss man wants something, the boss man gets it.
Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media since late last summer, is speaking up about the company. In an interview with Ad Age, Smith discussed Businessweek, why Bloomberg TV is worth watching, and more. Below are a few highlights.
On Businessweek’s role at Bloomberg:
When we look at the financial performance of Businessweek, we don’t look at it in a silo; we look at in the broader role it plays in Bloomberg L.P. The same is true for a lot of our media assets. It’s a much broader perspective on the role of the Businessweek brand.
Josh began taking on the TV responsibility, plus Businessweek, one month ago, beginning in January, so we’re sort of in the top of the first inning here. But the answer is yes. We’re looking to bring that kind of storytelling to the TV platform.
On how much he sees of Michael Bloomberg:
It is true that we’re working very near each other and he’s very interested in the media business, as he is his entire business.
It’s called The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa. It’s set to run at least three years and, per a report by SouthAfrica.info, the intent of the $10 million program is to underwrite financial journalism across the continent and advance transparency, accountability and governance within that discpline.
The initiative will provide cross-disciplinary education programs and mid-career fellowships to increase the number of highly trained business and financial journalists, convene pan-African forums to examine worldwide media best practices and support research to stimulate media innovations.
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