Once, after Amazon withdrew its plans for a New York City headquarters in February this year, the city's former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top corporate 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 asked a question to his fellow billionaire and media mogul: Would Bloomberg consider participating in the 2020 presidential election?
Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone call.
But he had a question for Amazon CEO: Would Bezos reconsider his decision to cancel plans for an Amazon headquarters ̵
Bezo's answer matched Bloomberg's – he wouldn't.
A Bloomberg spokesman confirmed the call. An Amazon spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
Now, several months later, Bloomberg is actually participating in the race for the Democratic nomination when he looked at the party's leading moderate, former Vice President Joe Biden. On Friday, Bloomberg filed papers to qualify for the Alabama presidential election, which has the earliest deadline for any state. He still has not announced his candidacy.
It's unclear what made Bezos call earlier this year, or what he thinks of Bloomberg's recent tipping against the race. It is also unknown whether the discussion took place before or after Bloomberg's announcement on March 5 that he would not run for president.
Bezos, who has been described as a libertarian, has largely stayed out of the world of big monetary donations, other than a $ 10 million gift with his then wife MacKenzie to a super PAC aimed at choosing military veterans to the Congressional office.
But it is easy to imagine that a man worth more than $ 100 billion did not mind a new business-minded presidential opponent of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Both those fighting for the Democratic nomination have made financial inequality the center of their campaigns.
Warren has proposed wealth tax for Uber wealthy such as Bill Gates and Leon Cooperman, who recently publicly expressed concern about the plan. Sanders simply does not believe that billionaires should exist and have his own proposal for wealth tax.
Each of the senators is also vocal critics of Amazon on issues ranging from processing warehouse workers to its growing power in retail and other industries. Warren, of course, has outlined a plan to break up Amazon, along with other tech giants.
Some believe that a Bloomberg candidacy can actually increase Warren's chances of landing the nomination by weakening Biden (as top Amazon spokesman Jay Carney once worked for when he was vice president). Others cheer the former New York City mayor.
As for Bezos, we still don't know exactly what he means. But he was probably interested in the idea of a Bloomberg presidency to call.