Billionaire ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg considering jumping into presidential race
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (AFP)

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has told his aides to draw up plans for an independent campaign for the U.S. presidency, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Bloomberg has advised friends and associates that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his own money on a campaign for the 2016 election, the Times said, citing sources briefed on the former mayor's thinking.

(Reporting By Frank McGurty; Editing by Mark Heinrich)