David Rubenstein joined WACA during our week-long, virtual Conversations With the C-Suite: Powering Global Recovery and Change on September 28, 2020.
Mr. Rubenstein has long been fascinated with leadership. What makes a great leader? Are leaders born or are they made? Does extraordinary leadership arise from personality, mental or physical skills, or the simple good fortune of being in the right place at the right time? For the past five years, Rubenstein has conducted behind-the-scenes conversations with some of the highest performing leaders from the worlds of finance, tech, entertainment, sports, and government. Now these conversations are distilled into an essential new playbook for our times: How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.
David M. Rubenstein is Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. He co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $223 billion from 32 offices around the world.
Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and the Smithsonian Institution, and Co-Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institution.
Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. He has been a leader in the area of Patriotic Philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of the Washington Monument, Monticello, Montpelier, Mount Vernon, Arlington House, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the National Zoo, the Library of Congress, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Mr. Rubenstein is the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS, and Leadership Live with David Rubenstein by Bloomberg Media; and the author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians, a book published by Simon & Schuster in October 2019.
A native of Baltimore, Mr. Rubenstein is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, he graduated in 1973 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.
From 1973–1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1975–1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977–1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.