News Mike Bloomberg receives honorary knighthood Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Sierra Club April 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 April 8, 2015 6:25 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg now has some royal cred to his resume. The 73-year-old billionaire received an honorary knighthood Wednesday at special ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. The British ambassador to the U.S. said Bloomberg played a key role in "forging transatlantic diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties," between the U.K. and U.S. as a businessman and mayor. "I've developed a deep appreciation and respect for the British people -- and this recognition is one of the great honors of my life," Bloomberg said in a statement. Vice President Joe Biden was on hand for the ceremony. Bloomberg's predecessor also received honorary knighthood in 2002. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.