- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this year and asked him if he was interested in running for president, according to Recode.
- Bloomberg filed papers to enter the Democratic primary in Alabama this week, a key indicator that he may take part in the 2020 presidential race.
- But he told Bezos that he is not considering a race at the time for their conversation, according to the report.
- Bloomberg's potential candidacy has already attracted support from other billionaires, including investor Leon Cooperman, who has been heavily critical of the more leftist candidates in the race.
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Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg took steps toward entering the 2020 presidential race this week, filing for entry into the Democratic primary in Alabama.
And according to a report by Recodes Jason Del Ray, Amazon CEO and world's richest person Jeff Bezos called Bloomberg earlier this year to gauge his fellow billionaire's interest in a presidential election.
According to Recode, Bezos asked Bloomberg if he would consider running as president on a phone call, following the collapse of Amazon's plans to build another headquarters in New York City earlier this year. At that time, Bloomberg said no, according to the report.
Recode noted that Bezos has largely avoided electoral politics, and it is not clear whether he would actively support Bloomberg's candidacy.
Bloomberg's potential entry into the Democratic primary comes amid continued electoral room and gathering power for Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders, the two most left-leaning candidates in the race.
Bloomberg, likely to run as moderate, enters the race as doubts about former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign emerge among several establishment and center factions in the Democratic Party.
Bezos is not the only billionaire who has expressed interest in a Bloomberg campaign. Billionaire investor and founder of Omega Partners Leon Cooperman told CNBC Friday that he would support the former NYC mayor now that he is in the running. Cooperman has been deeply critical of Wear's proposed wealth tax on the hyper-rich.