One of Mike Bloomberg’s earliest memories took place around his family’s dining room table in the middle-class neighborhood of Medford, Massachusetts.
His father – a bookkeeper at a local dairy who never earned more than $6,000 a year in his life – sat down and wrote out a $25 or $50 check to the NAACP.
When Mike asked him why, his father responded: “Because discrimination against anyone is a threat to everyone.”
With that simple act and that simple explanation, Mike’s father taught him one of his most important lessons:
We’re all in this together – and if you have an opportunity to help, you have an obligation to act.
The sense of duty and common purpose that he first learned from his father has guided Mike Bloomberg throughout his life and career as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and job creator who served as mayor of New York City for 12 years.