Chief Executive Officer | episode 427

Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman

Stephen Schwarzman is the co-founder and CEO of the Blackstone Group, the largest alternative investment firm in the world and a Fortune 500 company with revenues exceeding $6.8 billion and $545 billion in assets under management. Stephen is also the author of the book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, which focuses on impactful episodes from Stephen’s life designed to show readers how to build, transform, and lead thriving organizations. January 06, 2020

427: Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman shares stories from his childhood, his time as an undergraduate at Yale, on Wall Street, and business school at Harvard, and his experiences at Lehman Brothers and Blackstone. These stories how he went from nearly failing in an English course in college to the Dean’s List, how he offered constructive criticism to the Dean of Harvard Business School while he was a student, how he led one of the biggest mergers in history to date as a fourth-year associate at Lehman Brothers who had never done a merger, as well as tales from the founding and growth of Blackstone. We also discuss the importance of having a strong culture and hiring the best people, how and why China bought 9.9 percent of the firm when Blackstone was going public, the Schwarzman Scholars program that he has developed in China, among other topics. 

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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