(BBC News) The billionaire former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, is thinking about running for president as an independent candidate, US media report.
Unnamed advisers told the New York Times the 73-year-old sees a gap and has instructed staff to draw up plans.
Last year he commissioned a poll to see how he might perform against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic favourite Hillary Clinton.
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Mr Bloomberg would reportedly pump $1bn of his fortune into a campaign.