June 4, 2012
Michael Bloomberg’s anti-soda crusade could have gone global.
Last year, when then-World Bank president Robert Zoellick decided to step down, President Obama’s chief of staff asked the New York City mayor if he wanted the job, New York reports. Bloomberg reportedly turned down the position, one traditionally picked by the president, because he “did not want to have a boss, and he’d already begun to retool his life for his post-mayoralty.”
Bloomberg is just one of many prominent names rumored to have been considered for the post. Before Obama eventually handed the post to former Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim — an obscure choice that surprised some — other potential candidates included more prominent public names like Larry Summers and Hillary Clinton.