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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg granted an honorary Knighthood

Oct 8, 2014 16:16 IST

Former New York Mayor and philanthropist billionaire Michael Rubens Bloomberg on 6 October 2014 was granted an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in Britain.

Bloomberg, who is well known for his love of Britain, was honoured for his prodigious entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavours and his works that have benefitted British-US relations.

As an American, Bloomberg is not entitled to call himself Sir Mike but can add the initials KBE, an abbreviation for Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, to the end of his name.

About Michael Rubens Bloomberg
• 72-year-old Bloomberg is one of the richest men in America
• He is the founder of the news and financial data company Bloomberg PLC
• He has served as New York Mayor for a record 12 years between 2002 and 2013

Previous recipients of honorary knighthoods include director Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and actress-activist Angelina Jolie.


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