Published On: Thu, Dec 11th, 2014

Michael Bloomberg Remembers Billy Salomon, the Man Who Taught Him Everything

William Salomon

Michael Bloomberg saluted his mentor who died at the age of 100 early in the week, Billy Salomon. The former NY Mayor wrote on Bloomberg that Salomon “had the biggest impact on my life and career, ” with the exception of Bloomberg’s parents.

Bloomberg interviewed at Salomon Brothers & Hutzler when he was only 24 years old. He took the job, although he admitted he could have landed other positions with higher pay, and said Salomon, “exemplified principled leadership at its best.”

What impressed Bloomberg about Salomon was his dedication to ethics, doing right by the customer, and honoring junior members of the firm with as much dignity as the higher-ups. Billy Salomon, “was one of the first to arrive at the office and the last to leave, ” and his work ethic was what Bloomberg said inspired him in his own work.

In addition, Bloomberg credits Salomon for inspiring a devotion to philanthropy. In sum, Bloomberg writes, “Billy Salomon is a testament to the unimpeachable integrity that represents Wall Street at its best.”

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