David M. Rubenstein

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David M. Rubenstein was presidential advisor to James Earl Carter, Jr.. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and he is a director of the Institute for International Economics. He is on the board of trustees of Freedom House.

In 1987, Rubenstein founded the investment house Carlyle Group with $5 million. The Washington-based merchant bank is now worth $14 billion in investments. Carlyle is described as one of the most connected companies: former president George Herbert Walker Bush is an adviser; former British prime minister John Major heads the European branch; former secretary of state James Addison Baker III is senior counselor; former White House budget chief Richard Darman is a partner; and former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt is a senior adviser.[1]

Carlyle purchased United Defense Industries, the largest defense contractor in the U.S.

"Prior to co-founding Carlyle in 1987, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York, with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the Carter Administration; and practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.

"Mr. Rubenstein is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.

"Mr. Rubenstein is a ... Director of the International Institute of Economics and the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; and the Board of Advisors of J.P. Morgan Chase.

"Mr. Rubenstein is married to Alice Rogoff Rubenstein." [2]

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Directors, Lincoln Center, accessed October 2, 2009.
  2. Board, Council on Foreign Relations, accessed March 20, 2011.
  3. US China Business Council Board, organizational web page, accessed November 20, 2013.
  4. Directors, National Museum of Natural History, accessed October 5, 2008.
  5. Trustees, University of Chicago, accessed September 16, 2009.
  6. Advisory Council, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, accessed November 28, 2011.

External links

  • [3] Connections and Then Some. David Rubenstein Has Made Millions Pairing the Powerful With the Rich by Greg Schneider, Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, March 16, 2003.

  • Freedom House, "Biography", Accessed December 2006.