David Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein is co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, the private equity firm he co-founded in 1987. He previously practiced law, was a domestic policy advisor to President Carter, and was chief counsel to a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee. Rubenstein’s extensive service includes: chairman of the boards of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Institution, and Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; 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.

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  • Don't cheat. It takes a life time to build a reputation, 5 minutes to ruin it.
  • Private Equity: Buys, improves, then sells companies.
  • Financial Service Industry: helps make companies more effective and efficient while helping economies also work better.

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