Alice Rogoff

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Alice Nicole Rubenstein
Born Alice Nicole Rogoff
(1951-11-10) November 10, 1951 (age 66)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Connecticut College
Harvard Business School
Spouse(s) David Rubenstein (1983–2017)
Children 3
Parent(s) Sheila Rogoff
Mortimer Rogoff

Alice Nicole Rubenstein (née Alice Nicole Rogoff, born November 10, 1951) is an American publisher, business executive, philanthropist, and arts patron.

Early life and education[edit]

Rogoff is the daughter of Mortimer Rogoff (1921–2008), former chairman and president of Navigation Sciences; her mother is the artist, Sheila Rogoff.[1][2][3] She has two siblings, Louisa Thompson and Julia Peach.[4] Rogoff attended the Dalton School, Connecticut College, and the Harvard Business School,[5] receiving an MBA degree in 1978.[6]


Rogoff served for over 10 years as the chief financial officer for the magazine US News and World Report. She worked at The Washington Post as an assistant to publisher Donald Graham, creating its online edition. From 1978 to 1980, Rogoff was a special assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Carter administration.[7]

Rogoff first went to Alaska in 2002.[8] She was introduced to Alaska by Theron "Terry" Smith, former chief pilot for Alaska Airlines. With Smith and his wife, Rogoff traveled around Alaska, meeting its people. She subsequently learned to fly an airplane herself.[5] While visiting the Smiths, she bought a home in Anchorage. Rogoff became the majority owner of the Alaska Dispatch in 2008.[9] In April 2014, it was announced that Rogoff and the Alaska Dispatch would purchase the Anchorage Daily News, the largest newspaper in Alaska by circulation, for US$34 million. The transaction placed Alaska's largest newspaper under the control of Rogoff and the Alaska Dispatch.[10] She announced in 2017 that she was giving up control of the newspaper and it was being reorganized under Chapter 11 bankruptcy laws.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rogoff wed David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, in 1983. They have three children, two daughters and a son. The couple divorced on December 8, 2017.[12] In addition to her business ventures, Rogoff helped found the Alaska House New York and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation.[13][14] Rogoff and her ex-husband have funded the participation by Juneau, Alaska in the Any Given Child program, which promotes arts in education.[15]

In late August, 2015, Rogoff hosted President Barack Obama in her Anchorage home for a private dinner party during the first day of a three-day trip Obama made to Alaska to address climate change. Rogoff has known the Obama family for several years.[16]

On July 3, 2016, Rogoff was the pilot and sole occupant of a Cessna 206 float plane that crashed upon landing in Halibut Cove, Alaska. Her plane was damaged, but she was uninjured. She was able to leave the scene of the crash on her own.[17]


  1. ^ "D.M. Rubenstein Wed To Alice Nicole Rogoff". The New York Times. May 22, 1983. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Nantucket Chronicle: "SHEILA ROGOFF--MASTER MURALIST ON NANTUCKET" by Sharon N. Lorenzo August 12, 2012
  3. ^ Hydro International Magazine: "Mortimer Rogoff (1921 - 2008)" by Giuseppe Carnevali August 27, 2008
  4. ^ "Mortimer Rogoff, Inventor and Businessman". The Washington Post. August 17, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Medred, Craig (April 8, 2014). "You are here Alice Rogoff and Kay Fanning: Publishers who came home to the North". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "You're Never Done Learning". Harvard Business School. September 1, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Speaker's Biography: Alice Rogoff". Milken Institute. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cole, Dermot (December 26, 2012). "Billionaire philanthropist helps Alaskans share their story with world". News-Miner. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Alaska's largest daily newspaper sold for $34M". Associated Press. April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Alaska Dispatch buys Anchorage Daily News". KTOO-TV. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ Rogoff, Alice. "A message from Alice Rogoff," Alaska Dispatch News, 13 Aug. 2017. Retrieved 13 Aug. 2017.
  12. ^ Roberts, Roxanne (December 8, 2017). "Billionaire David Rubenstein and his wife, Alice Rogoff, divorce". Retrieved December 18, 2017 – via 
  13. ^ "D.M. Rubenstein Wed To Alice Nicole Rogoff". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "McClatchy to Sell Anchorage Daily News to Alaska Dispatch Publishing". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ Brown, Benjamin (February 24, 2013). "Any Given Child comes to Juneau". Juneau Empire. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Herz, Nathaniel; Martinson, Erica (31 August 2015). "Obama cites Alaska in address urging action on climate change". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  17. ^ Joling, Dan (5 July 2016). "Alaska newspaper publisher survives floatplane crash". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 5 July 2016.