Sometime after Amazon pulled the plug on plans for a New York City headquarters in February of this year, the city’s former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top company executive.
It wasn’t just any Amazon executive — it was Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO and the world’s richest man.
Bezos was calling with a question for his fellow billionaire and media mogul: Would Bloomberg consider entering the 2020 presidential race?
Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone conversation.
But he had a question of his own for Amazon’s CEO: Would Bezos reconsider his decision to cancel plans for an Amazon headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in New York City?
Bezos’s response matched Bloomberg’s — he wouldn’t.
A spokesman for Bloomberg confirmed the conversation. An Amazon spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
Now, months later,…