(Forbes) In 1981, Bloomberg was fired from his position at the investment bank Salomon Brothers and received a $10 million severance package. Using the severance money, he created Bloomberg LP, a maker of data terminals for banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions. The company now leases over 300,000 terminals worldwide. A 2008 equity sale valued the company at $22.5 billion. Forbes pegs his net worth at $25 billion …

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