Yesterday, Forbes unveiled its list of the 400 richest Americans, and besides the news that there are some extremely, obscenely wealthy people in this country came word that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is no longer the richest billionaire in all of New York City.
Asked at a press conference this morning how he felt about being sent down to second place in favor of oilman David Koch, the mayor said, in essence, meh.
“Stuff happens. I know David Koch. He’s been very generous. I think he gave $100 million to Lincoln Center. He’s a very generous guy. He built a building for Johns Hopkins a few years ago.”
Koch has been outed in several recent profiles as a major backer of the Tea Party. In a piece in the New York Times over the weekend, the mayor mentioned how concerned he was with the rise of the Tea Party.
But the mayor shrugged off questions about how his friend’s money will go to political causes that the mayor abhors–so long as Koch keeps sending money to city coffers.
“His politics, from what I read in the papers, he reasonably conservative but in terms of what he’s done I wish him well. Hopefully he makes a lot of money and pays a lot of taxes.”
Of course, according to Forbes, the mayor’s net worth bumped up a little bit too-from $17.5 billion to $18 billion, which might take the sting out of being deposed.