David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein

Formal First Name
1949 - present

David Rubenstein is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the largest and most successful private investment firms in the world. Since co-founding the firm in 1987, The Carlyle Group has grown into a firm managing $400 billion from 33 offices around the world. Earlier in his career, he practiced law, was a domestic policy adviser to President Carter, and was Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. Rubenstein is a leader in the area of Patriotic Philanthropy. He is an original signer of The Giving Pledge, a significant donor to numerous non profit organizations, and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. Today, he serves as the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS, Bloomberg Wealth with David Rubenstein on Bloomberg TV, and Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein on PBS.

Professional Experience

Academic History




  • Washington Monument

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Jefferson Memorial

  • Monticello

  • Montpelier

  • Mount Vernon

  • Arlington House

  • Iwo Jima Memorial

  • The Kennedy Center

  • The Smithsonian

  • The National Archives

  • The National Zoo

  • The Library of Congress

  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture


  • He practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

  • He served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. 

  • During the Carter Administration, he was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.  

  • After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, he practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.