Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg played the ordinary New Yorker as he appeared for jury duty Monday and Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The man in seat No. 5 joined a pool of other potential jurors in the assault trial of 55-year-old Wan Lie. When Judge Laura Ward asked the usual, “What do you do for living?” the 73-year-old billionaire responded, “I manage a company, a financial information company” – no mention of his three terms leading the world’s second largest city or that his company is Bloomberg LP.
The judge then asked him if he knew anybody in law enforcement. “Fifty-five thousand from the top to the bottom, a lot of them friends,” he answered.
And what did he do for fun? Bloomberg replied: “Study Spanish and hit the golf ball.”
After two days, Bloomberg was rejected.
As he left court, Bloomberg told The New York Times that he was “proud to serve.”