Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Companion, Diana Taylor, Presents a Exceptional Interview

December 28th, 2013

Ramsay de Give for The New York Times

Diana Taylor in her workplace at Wolfensohn Fund Management.

Greeting a visitor to her business office at Wolfensohn Fund Management previously this month, Diana Taylor betrayed a contact of jitters. “Would you like anything to consume,” she asked 2 times in swift succession, ahead of catching herself, and murmuring distractedly, “Oh, I questioned you that.”

So it was extraordinary to watch her nimbly change gears for the picture shoot that adopted, dashing off to freshen her lipstick ahead of dealing with the digicam with a all set smile, her arms crossed, the photo of poise.

It was an additional seamless changeover for Ms. Taylor, who in much more than a dozen years as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s quietly glamorous sidekick has had a lot of time to adapt to the spotlight. But even now, as she winds down her tenure as the de facto first woman of New York City — a period in the course of which she elevated her political and social profile and redefined the idea of a trophy date — Ms. Taylor remains an item of avid speculation.

As the 1st few prepares to depart business office, inquiries occur: Which route will Ms. Taylor go after in a multifaceted career in which she has jumped from aide to Gov. George E. Pataki, to superintendent of banking for the Condition of New York to her existing task as a taking care of director at Wolfensohn lent her monetary acumen to boards as assorted as that of Citigroup and Sotheby’s, and nonprofits including the microfinance company Accion Worldwide and the Hudson River Park Believe in and even briefly contemplated a run for community office?

Will Ms. Taylor keep her place as one of the city’s far more sought-soon after hostesses, entertaining media powers like Charlie Rose and Barbara Walters the Nobel Prize-successful scientist Harold E. Varmus and the social determine and designer Ivanka Trump? And, on a a lot more intimate observe, will she and Mr. Bloomberg portion methods now that he no for a longer time demands an formal consort? Or will they at some point marry?

If she is feeling the heat of these kinds of scrutiny, Ms. Taylor, who is 58, provides no clue. Her turnout, a square-neck Oscar de la Renta gown and cropped sweater in wrenlike shades of gray and brown, offered a degree of protecting coloration. Correct, she cultivates a spontaneous and down-to-earth aura, her eyes crinkling as she smiles, chattering as delightedly as a girl about the pumps she was sporting — a deal, she said, custom-made in Hong Kong.

And of course, she has been recognized to response her personal cellphone, dispensing with the several aides or publicity staff one expects to locate helicoptering more than her.

She does not need to have them: Ms. Taylor is her own greatest warder. Still, in a unusual interview before this month, she was candid adequate to acknowledge, “I’m frequently being singled out simply because of who my substantial other is. That’s good when his approval score is 70 p.c, not so great when it is not.” Whatsoever the mayor’s political standing, “it’s often disconcerting,” Ms. Taylor added, “when any individual comes more than to you on the bus and claims, ‘I know who you are.’ ”

This sort of a assert would look to spot the speaker in advance of a lot of New Yorkers to whom Ms. Taylor stays an elusive determine.

Without a doubt, to some she is small a lot more than the mayor’s swell-seeking but muted and tirelessly deferential girlfriend, wafting past photographers at general public activities in a spray of tulle and pearls.

“Put that down to the Bess Myerson syndrome,” mentioned Kathryn S. Wylde, the president and chief executive of the Partnership for New York Metropolis, and a longtime good friend of Ms. Taylor. She was referring to the former splendor queen who was Ed Koch’s steady companion for the duration of his 1977 mayoral marketing campaign. “Diana Taylor is everything but billionaire arm sweet,” Ms. Wylde famous.

Ms. Taylor, a graduate of Dartmouth with an M.B.A. and a degree in community wellness from Columbia University, has proved adept at juggling a career that involves her current situation at Wolfensohn and her husband or wife-like duties for the mayor. “She has been in a position to adapt but continue being her very own man or woman,” Ms. Wylde said.

There is minor doubt, although, that her acquired gloss and apparent warmth have assisted to soften Mr. Bloomberg’s tough-close to-the edges picture, lending him the contact of course he has appeared to chase because relationship society swans and higher achievers like the actress Marisa Berenson, the designer Mary McFadden, and Mary Jane Salk, a writer and the widow of the youngster psychologist Lee Salk.

He was the a single who boasted shortly prior to getting workplace that Jayne Wrightsman and Annette de la Renta, two of New York City’s most formidable hostesses, regarded him as their “boy toy,” and routinely established him up with their pals. (Mr. Bloomberg is divorced from Susan Brown, with whom he shares two daughters and an evidently cordial romantic relationship. “My mothers and fathers are greatest pals,” his daughter Emma instructed The New York Times in 2001. “Nobody understands that till they really see it.”)

For the mayor, “Diana is a trophy,” said Alexandra Lebenthal, the main govt of a wealth administration firm who has frequently rubbed shoulders with Ms. Taylor at business and large-profile social features.

“Diana is a capture for any guy, no subject how potent,” Ms. Lebenthal mentioned, incorporating that should Ms. Taylor 1 day discover herself unattached, “she would have individuals coming out of the woodwork for her.”

Dating an individual attained, age-proper and, indeed, a half-head taller, has gone a lengthy way toward tempering the popularity of a man who, before getting to be mayor, dealt with a messy sex discrimination scenario submitted against his organization, and has been accused in the previous of uttering sexist or inappropriate feedback about ladies.

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