Obama Administration Approached Bloomberg About World Bank Post

Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine reports that Bill Daley, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, approached Michael Bloomberg earlier this year to offer the New York City mayor the top post at the World Bank.  Bloomberg declined and the Obama administration in March nominated Jim Yong Kim, President of Dartmouth College, to serve as president of the World Bank.   

From Sherman’s report:

Last winter, Bill Daley, then Obama’s chief of staff, discreetly called the mayor and asked him if he wanted to be head of the World Bank—Robert Zoellick was stepping down. But Bloomberg did not want to have a boss, and he’d already begun to retool his life for his post-mayoralty. He turned the job down. 


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