David M. Rubenstein is cofounder and co–executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Since its founding in 1987, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $210 billion from thirty-one offices around the world. From 1973 to 1975, he 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, Rubenstein was deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy. After his White House service and before cofounding Carlyle, Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, DC, with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.
Rubenstein chairs the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the board of regents of the Smithsonian Institution, the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Harvard Global Advisory Council, and the James Madison Council at the Library of Congress. He is a fellow at the Harvard Corporation, director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and president of the Economic Club of Washington. He is a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the board of overseers of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School, the advisory board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and the board of directors of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Business Council. Rubenstein has served as chairman of the board of trustees of Duke University, co-chair of the board of trustees of the Brookings Institution, and chairman of the board of trustees of Tsinghua’s School of Economics and Management .
Rubenstein is an original signer of the Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, among other philanthropic awards. He is the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS, and the author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians, a book published by Simon & Schuster in October 2019. Rubenstein graduated from Duke University and received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.