Michael Bloomberg: Can one of the world’s richest men buy the White House?

How much would it take to buy a US presidential election?

We’re about to find out as Michael Bloomberg, the 11th richest man in the world with a fortune of $55 billion, goes all in.

Mr Bloomberg, 77, is the wealthiest person by far to ever run for president and, as anyone who has encountered him will attest, he does not do things by halves. His spending will make that of the other candidates look like cheap change.

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However, as opponents point out, money is the only weapon Mr Bloomberg has. He has no nationwide base of voters. And, having entered the race so late, he has no "ground game" of volunteers. His social media operation also appears embryonic.

Instead, he will be launching an "air war"…

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