|David M. Rubenstein|
David M. Rubenstein at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, 2009
|Born||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Duke University
University of Chicago (J.D.)
|Occupation||Managing Director of the Carlyle Group|
|Net worth||$3.0 billion (March 2013)|
|Spouse(s)||Alice Nicole Rogoff|
David M. Rubenstein is the co-founder of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm. In the 2011 Forbes ranking of the wealthiest Americans, Rubenstein was ranked 138th richest person in the United States and 418th in the world with a net worth of $2.8 billion.
Early life and career 
Rubenstein grew up an only child in a Jewish family in an exclusively Jewish neighborhood in Baltimore. He graduated from the college preparatory high school Baltimore City College, and then from Duke University magna cum laude in 1970. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1973, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. From 1973 to 1975, Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Prior to starting Carlyle in 1987, with William E. Conway, Jr. and Daniel A. D'Aniello, Rubenstein was a domestic policy advisor to President Jimmy Carter and worked in private practice in Washington, D.C.
Although in 2006 private equity activity was booming and larger companies than ever before were bought out, insiders feared the day that it would abruptly end. On two different occasions David Rubenstein expressed this fear. In January 2006, he stated: “This has been a golden age for our industry, but nothing continues to be golden forever". One month later, he emphasized this concern more explicitly: "Right now we're operating as if the music's not going to stop playing and the music is going to stop. I am more concerned about this than any other issue" , These concerns proved to be right as at the end of 2007 the buyout market collapsed. This collapse can largely be attributed to the credit crunch, which significantly increased the cost of borrowing. As leveraged loan activity came to an abrupt stop, private equity firms were unable to secure financing for their transactions. As the consequences of the credit crunch unveiled themselves, many previously announced buyouts were cancelled.
In May 2008 David Rubenstein stated: “But once this period is over, once the debt on the books of the banks is sold and new lending starts, I think you'll see the private equity industry coming back in what I call the Platinum Age - better than it's ever been before. I do think that the private equity industry has a great future and that the greatest period for private equity is probably ahead of us.”
Personal life 
David Rubenstein's father was a post office worker earning $7000 annually and his mother a house wife. In a speaking engagement at the University of Maryland, he revealed that his mother wanted him to grow up and become a dentist. Rubenstein has stated that he was once offered to meet Mark Zuckerberg before he dropped out of Harvard but decided against it. This is his single greatest investment regret.
He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is married to Alice Rubenstein (née Alice Nicole Rogoff), founder of the Alaska House New York and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation. They were married on May 21, 1983. They have three children together.
On December 18, 2007, David Rubenstein purchased the last privately owned copy of the Magna Carta at Sotheby's auction house in New York for $21.3 million. He has lent it to the National Archives in Washington D.C. In 2011, Rubenstein gave $13.5 million to the National Archives for a new gallery and visitor's center.
Rubenstein was elected as the next Chairman of the Board of the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, starting in May 2010. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, and chairman of its fundraising drive. A new atrium was named for him. He is on the board of regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
In April 2013 he donated $10 million to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which will be used to rebuild at least two buildings in the slave community on Mulberry Row at Monticello. The funds will also be used to restore Jefferson's original road scheme, restore the second and third stories of Jefferson's home which are currently mostly empty, and replace infrastructure.
Duke University 
Rubenstein has made several gifts to Duke University. He donated $5 million to Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy in 2002, after which Rubenstein Hall was named for him. In 2009, he donated and additional $5.75 million to the school. In 2011, he also donated $13.6 million to the Duke University Libraries in support of renovating the university's special collections library, which was named the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. In 2012, he donated $15 million to support the university's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. That same year, he gave another $10 million to support Duke Athletics. In 2013, Rubenstein donated $10 million to fund graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships Sanford.Rubenstein currently serves as Vice Chair, on the university's Board of Trustees.
- "When history is written and people talk about the great protests, I don't think that this will be in that category."—Comparing what in his view were the great civil disobedience efforts of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King to the protests by the Working Families Party concerning the tax treatment of private equity firms.
- “I analogize [private equity] to sex...You realize there were certain things you shouldn’t do, but the urge is there and you can’t resist.”—speaking at Harvard Business School about the buyout bubble.
- "I think it's important to tell people the good and the bad of American history, not only the things that we might like to hear."—Speaking about wanting to put a face on slavery with his donation to rebuild slave quarters at Monticello.
- Forbes: The World's Billionaires - David Rubenstein March 2013
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- International Herald Tribune, Online Version, January 27, 2006
- Reuters, February 22, 2006
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- Aaron Welborn (August 17, 2011). "Duke Libraries Receive $13.6 Million Rubenstein Gift". DukeToday. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
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- Bone, James (December 19, 2007). "Magna Carta bought for $21m by US tycoon". The Times (London). Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- Mike Nizza (March 4, 2008). "Magna Carta Returns to National Archives". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
- National Archives and Records Administration (June 2011). "$13.5 million gift to Foundation". Declarations (603): 3.
- Jacqueline Trescott (March 4, 2010). "Carlyle Group co-founder named chairman of Kennedy Center board". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- Ruane, Michael E. (January 18, 2012). "Billionaire philanthropist Rubenstein to give millions to help fix Washington Monument". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- Mak, Tim (January 19, 2012). "Billionaire David Rubenstein gives Washington Monument repair effort $7.5M boost". Politico. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- Zonger, Brett (January 19, 2012). "Washington Monument Gets $7.5M for Repairs". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- "KC firm BNIM will help design $100 million expansion of Kennedy Center". KansasCity.com. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- Zongker, Brett (April 20th, 2013). "$10M gift spurs restoration at Jefferson's estate". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- Eric Ferreri (October 20, 2009). "Duke trustee donates $5.75 million for public policy school". newsobserver.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- Michael J. Schoenfeld (May 11, 2012). "Rubenstein Gives $15 Million for Duke's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative". DukeToday. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- "Carlyle's Rubenstein the subject of tax protest". Reuters. September 18, 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
- "David Rubenstein: Buyout Bubble Was Like Sex". The Wall Street Journal. February 2, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2009.
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