Michael Bloomberg addresses a gathering of business and education professionals in 2012 / Photo: Edward Reed.

Bloomberg LLP, is the largest financial data company in the world, with more than 300,000 terminals used by companies worldwide.

In 1980, Michael Bloomberg left his job at Salomon Brothers to found a financial data company. Today that company, Bloomberg LLP, is the largest financial data company in the world, with more than 300,000 terminals used by companies worldwide. The success of the company has made Bloomberg one of the richest people in America, enabling his generous philanthropy. A visionary entrepreneur, Michael Bloomberg created an innovative news company, which has transformed the way the world conducts business. Starting with a small investment of $10 million, Bloomberg LP now has revenue of $7bn and employs 15,000 people in 192 locations around the world. Bloomberg LP has contributed to greater transparency and a more open, better-informed world. Bloomberg also brought high tech businesses to New York City, including the Cornell-Technion partnership. New York City created over 200,000 tech jobs during the mayor's tenure, making it a center for technology-oriented business.