The former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is a descendent of grandparents who emigrated from Belarus and Lithuania.
“We are all descendants of immigrants, for the most part.”
“Virtually every one of us came from somewhere else. Some of us were forced to come here, but have chosen to live out the American dream.”
This is the quote of Andrew Tisch, co-chairman of the Loews Corporation, who shed light on prominent business founders in the U.S.
During his interview on FOX Business the businessman shared the stories of immigrants and their children who made America great.
The guest of the program mentioned that grandfather of Mihael Bloomberg was an immigrant from present-day Belarus.
His grandmother was born in Lithuania (the countries were part of the Russian Empire at that time).
Andrew Tish is an authour of the book “Journeys: An American Story” that celebrates the vastness and variety of immigration tales.
One of the characters is Michael Bloomberg, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, politician and Mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013.
Bloomberg is the 8th-richest person in the U.S. and the 11th richest person in the world. As of June 2018, his net worth was estimated at $51.7 billion.
He has joined The Giving Pledge, whereby billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their wealth.
The billionaire is not the first person whose Belarusian roots were recently revealed. On of them is Paul Rudd, who plays the Ant-Man hero in a Marvel series.
Thre actor has recently found out that his grandparents came from the village in the Homiel region.