‘The Bloomberg 50’ Will Honor Icons and Innovators Who Changed Global Business in 2017

New Annual List to be Published by Bloomberg Businessweek on November 30; Gala in New York City on December 4
Hosted by Michael R. Bloomberg, 
Emceed by Emmy and Peabody Award-Winner Keegan-Michael Key

NEW YORK – Monday, November 20, 2017 – Today Bloomberg announced The Bloomberg 50, a new, annual, multi-platform initiative that will honor 50 icons and innovators who have changed the global business landscape in measurable ways over the past year. The Bloomberg 50 will encompass a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine published on November 30, 2017; programming across Bloomberg’s digital, social, television, and radio platforms; and a gala dinner hosted by Michael R. Bloomberg in New York City on December 4, 2017.

The first Bloomberg 50 honorees are being selected by the Bloomberg Businessweek team after months of input from many of Bloomberg’s 2,700 journalists and analysts around the globe, leveraging the resources of the Bloomberg Terminal, and will represent the most influential thought leaders in business, finance, technology and science, politics, and entertainment. The executives, entrepreneurs, experts, and entertainers on the Bloomberg 50 all have a quantifiable metric underpinning their inclusion.

“What sets The Bloomberg 50 apart from other lists is that each person chosen has demonstrated measurable change over the past year,” said Megan Murphy, editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. “Readers will find many names they recognize, but will also discover new visionaries—people who are impacting the world in significant ways, and are rapidly gaining the attention they deserve.”

On the evening of December 4, Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg L.P and Bloomberg Philanthropies founder, and three-term Mayor of New York City, will host a gala dinner at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall to fete this year’s Bloomberg 50, their guests, and other prominent business leaders. The event, produced by Bloomberg Live, will be emceed by Emmy and Peabody award-winner Keegan-Michael Key, and will feature a special performance by recording artist and Broadway veteran Mandy Gonzalez, who is currently starring as Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton” in New York, and recently released her debut solo album Fearless. Expected guests include Hannah Bronfman, Ken Burns, Joanna Coles, Bethenny Frankel, James Gorman, Arianna Huffington, Jordan Klepper, Anand Mahindra, Mark Morris, Andrew Rannells, Adam Silver, Martha Stewart, and many more.

The Bloomberg 50 is sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

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About Bloomberg Businessweek

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Julia Walker (Bloomberg Businessweek)

212-617-7431; jwalker173@bloomberg.net

Augusta Mellon (Bloomberg Live)

212-617-5152; amellon2@bloomberg.net