David Rubenstein is best known as co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, the global private equity investment firm based in Washington, DC. According to Forbes, the 65-year-old executive is worth $3.1 billion. He has pledged to donate more than half of his wealth to philanthropic causes. One of his passions outside of the boardroom is to preserve America’s iconic monuments. After the 2011 earthquake that shook the capital and damaged the Washington Monument, Rubenstein offered to pay the $15 million needed to repair the monument.
David Rubenstein comes from a modest background. He grew up in Baltimore where his father was a post office worker and his mother was a housewife who wanted her only child to grow up and become a dentist. Rubenstein went on to graduate from Duke University magna cum laude in 1970. Then Rubenstein earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Before starting Carlyle in 1987, he was a domestic policy advisor to President Jimmy Carter. CBS is airing an interview with Rubenstein on 60 Minutes on May 3, 7pm.