Influencers | episode 500

A Wide-ranging Interview with The Carlyle Group's David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest investment management firms with $230 billion of assets under management. He is also the author of "How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers." In addition to his role at Carlyle, David serves as the Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution and a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art. Prior to forming Carlyle in 1987, David had a prominent legal career, serving as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy under Jimmy Carter, along with stints at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. November 05, 2020

Our 500th episode features a wide-ranging with David Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group’s co-founder and co-Executive Chairman. We discuss:

  • David’s experience growing up in a blue-collar family in Baltimore
  • His experience working for the Carter administration
  • Why the Carter administration was viewed as unsuccessful
  • David’s decision to leave government and the legal profession to start Carlyle 
  • How David and a partner came up with the firm’s name
  • How Carlyle got prominent political figures to join the firm, including presidents and prime ministers 
  • David’s decision to diversify the business and go global
  • David’s rationale for taking the firm public
  • David’s philanthropic endeavors
  • Why he has decided to give all of his money away
  • Why he now stays out of politics

Among a variety of other topics.


This episode is sponsored by Zoho and Sykes

"If you do not have a passion for something, you will never be great at it. Nobody has ever won a Nobel Prize hating what they do. You have to love it."

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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