David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein was presidential advisor to James Earl Carter, Jr.. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission and he is a director of the Institute for International Economics. He is on the board of trustees of Freedom House.
In 1987, Rubenstein founded the investment house Carlyle Group with $5 million. The Washington-based merchant bank is now worth $14 billion in investments. Carlyle is described as one of the most connected companies: former president George Herbert Walker Bush is an adviser; former British prime minister John Major heads the European branch; former secretary of state James Addison Baker III is senior counselor; former White House budget chief Richard Darman is a partner; and former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt is a senior adviser.
Carlyle purchased United Defense Industries, the largest defense contractor in the U.S.
"Prior to co-founding Carlyle in 1987, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York, with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the Carter Administration; and practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.
"Mr. Rubenstein is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.
"Mr. Rubenstein is a ... Director of the International Institute of Economics and the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; and the Board of Advisors of J.P. Morgan Chase.
- Vice Chair, Lincoln Center 
- Director, Council on Foreign Relations 
- Director, US China Business Council 
- Director, National Museum of Natural History 
- Trustee, University of Chicago 
- Advisory Council, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association 
Resources and articles
Related Sourcewatch articles
- Directors, Lincoln Center, accessed October 2, 2009.
- Board, Council on Foreign Relations, accessed March 20, 2011.
- US China Business Council Board, organizational web page, accessed November 20, 2013.
- Directors, National Museum of Natural History, accessed October 5, 2008.
- Trustees, University of Chicago, accessed September 16, 2009.
- Advisory Council, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, accessed November 28, 2011.
-  Connections and Then Some. David Rubenstein Has Made Millions Pairing the Powerful With the Rich by Greg Schneider, Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 16, 2003.
- Freedom House, "Biography", Accessed December 2006.