“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” is one of the most memorable lines ever delivered by a public official. For 12-year-old David Rubenstein growing up in 1960s Baltimore, that sentence uttered by President John F. Kennedy struck a chord and became a lifelong mission.
Starting in the mid-1980s amid the leveraged buyouts boom, Rubenstein made his fortune as the co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm based in Washington D.C. Today, the Carlyle Group manages over $200 billion in assets for a range of institutional investors. Rubenstein is co-executive chairman of the firm, and in recent years he has taken time to pursue his passions in philanthropy and civics. Rubenstein, 70, is one of the original signers of the Giving Pledge and hosts a popular show bearing his name on Bloomberg TV and PBS.
Rubenstein’s current mission is to educate Americans and Congress about its glorious past.
“We don’t really educate Americans as much about history as we should. We don’t teach history as much as we used to. We don’t teach civics as much as we used to,” he told CBS News recently. Rubenstein is the author of The American Story, which features conversations with some of the country’s renowned historians who have chronicled American figures such as Benjamin Franklin, FDR and more.
David Rubenstein will join the HBS Club of New York a wide-ranging discussion including reflecting on the current economic and political environment. Please join us for this exclusive program.
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Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group
David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. Rubsenstein is host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg TV and PBS.
Partner, Vici Partners
Lance Stuart is a partner at Vici Partners. He has over 30 years of consulting and operating experience, principally in the U.S., Japan and China. Clients span industries from cosmetics and consumer electronics to software, chemicals, insurance, airlines and telecoms. He has been an investor, co-founder, CEO, COO and board member of several companies in the U.S. and Asia. He began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York then transferred to Tokyo.
Lance earned a B.S. in economics and marketing, cum laude, from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School (’78), where he was awarded two academic scholarships. He was raised in Tokyo and is an active volunteer in several non-profit organizations including the Harvard Business School Club of NY, the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and as a Council Member on the U.S.-Japan Council.
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