The Bloomberg 50
By Yazhou Sun, Bloomberg Live
Traditional power rankings are based on fleeting fame versus substantial contribution metrics that impact society at large. The Bloomberg 50 takes a different approach, highlighting those who are changing the game in global business in quantifiable ways – from finance to fashion, entertainment to manufacturing, biotech, philanthropy and almost everything in between.
Each year, we celebrate The Bloomberg 50 honorees in a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek across all platforms and offer an A-list celebration of both the honorees and our identified Ones to Watch.
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The 2020 Bloomberg 50 honorees were revealed live in a dynamic virtual setting; below are some of the highlights from the event.
- On making “The Last Dance”: “Michael [Jordan] himself told me you can ask me anything you want, and I’m going to give you an honest answer,” Jason Hehir, Director of “The Last Dance,” revealed. Hehir said the documentary laid bare Michael Jordan’s gambling and death of his father and that no topic was off the table for the NBA legend.
- On working with the Biden administration: Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, said she’s excited to work with the Biden administration on a variety of issues from climate change to economic recovery. “What I hear from the nominees and the most important one for us is the Treasury Secretary – it is incredibly exciting,” Georgieva said.
- On pivoting in the pandemic: Kwame Onwuachi, chef and author, shared changing his mindset while coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. “We were able to omit things that weren’t bringing us joy. There is no better time than today to do exactly what you want to do in life,” Onwuachi said.
- On the power of social media: Timbaland, Co-Creator of Verzuz, stressed that social media platforms like Instagram were instrumental to the growth of the brand. “It was a match made in heaven. It’s a platform to reach everybody,” Timbaland said.
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