David M. Rubenstein

Washington, DC

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $222 billion in assets from 33 offices around the world.

Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Institution, and Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Institute for Advanced Study, Brookings Institution, and World Economic Forum; and President of the Economic Club of Washington.

Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Business Council, Chairman of the Harvard Global Advisory Council, Chairman of the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, member of the Dean’s Advisors of the Business School at Harvard, on the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University (former Chairman), and Board member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. 

Mr. Rubenstein has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and Co-Chairman of the Board of Brookings Institution.

Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge, a significant donor to all of the above-mentioned non-profit organizations, and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the Museum of Modern Art’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic honors.

Mr. Rubenstein has been a leader in Patriotic Philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of the Washington Monument, Monticello, Montpelier, Mount Vernon, Arlington House, Iwo Jima Memorial, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, National Archives, National Zoo, Library of Congress, and African-American History and Culture Museum. Mr. Rubenstein has also provided to the U.S. government long-term loans of his rare copies of the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation, 13th Amendment, the first map of the United States (Abel Buell map), and the first book printed in the United States (Bay Psalm Book).

Mr. Rubenstein is the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS.

Mr. Rubenstein, a native of Baltimore, is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of The Law Review.

From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1975 to 1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977 to 1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).