TVNewser attended the second annual Bloomberg 50 last night, a soiree hosted by Bloomberg Businessweek at Cipriani in Lower Manhattan. The Bloomberg 50 is an annual list of 50 icons from the worlds of business, entertainment, finance, politics, and technology and science.
Interestingly, Michael Bloomberg did not show up at this year’s installment of the Bloomberg 50, as former Daily Show correspondent and emcee Aasif Mandvi noted in his 10-minute, politics-focused open. But Mandvi quipped that “in case he does show up, there’s a seat saved for him on the left side of the room, and a seat saved for him on the right side of the right room just in case he decides to change…”
Needless to say, Bloomberg is a very busy man these days and he’s in the news. The media mogul, philanthropist, three-term New York City mayor and possible 2020 presidential candidate has come under fire as of late for his remarks about his media company potentially not covering politics if he ran for president, something that has not gone over well with the company’s political journalists.
The Daily Beast’s Max Tani recently wrote that only one of more than 60 Bloomberg News employees he contacted was “enthusiastic” about Bloomberg running in 2020.
But back to last night’s festivities – We spotted a few TV newsers, including 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, MSNBC anchor (and former Bloomberg newser) Stephanie Ruhle, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter. There was also Council on Foreign Relations president and frequent Morning Joe contributor Richard Haass, Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith; Bloomberg Businessweek editor Joel Weber and Bloomberg Deputy Editor in Chief Reto Gregori, Bloomberg Businesweek co-anchors Carol Massar and Jason Kelly, as well as Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen (an honoree whose company acquired The Weather Channel for $300 million back in March).
We also saw AMC Networks chief executive Josh Sapan, Shark Tank co-hosts Lori Greiner and Daymond John, Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi, celebrity chef Eric Ripert, (whose friend Jose Andres was one of the 2018 honorees) and Brooklyn Nets forward Kenneth Faried.
Others in attendance included Parkland activists Ryan Deitsch and Delaney Tarr; Tory Burch and Pierre-Yves Roussel; Tina Tchen and Fatima Goss Graves of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund; artist Jenny Saville; Daniel Boulud; NYSE President Stacey Cunningham; Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar; Co-founder of Premier Lacrosse League Paul Rabil; comedian Emmy Blotnick; Ty Hunter; Christina Tosi; Elizabeth Diller; Ricardo Scofidio; Cathie Wood, CEO of Ark Investment Management; Michael Gelband of ExodusPoint Capital; The Cher Show’s Micaela Diamond.
Additionally, Megan Hilty, from NBC’s Smash, performed a medley of her hits.