David Rubenstein to Deliver Tuck Investiture Address

Rubenstein co-founded one of the largest private equity firms in the world, The Carlyle Group.

David Rubenstein, the co-founder and co-executive chair of The Carlyle Group, will give this year’s Tuck Investiture address on June 9.

In an email to the Tuck community, Dean Matthew J. Slaughter highlighted Rubenstein’s many accomplishments and shared well wishes to the outgoing class. “Investiture is a milestone unlike any other at Tuck—a time to reflect on and celebrate a learning journey for students that began two years ago and persists for life,” he said. “I am excited to celebrate with you on June 9 as together we send our newest class of wise leaders off into the world.”

Rubenstein co-founded The Carlyle Group in 1987. Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s largest private equity firms, with $174 billion under management in 31 offices across the globe. Prior to Carlyle, Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, D.C. and New York, and also had a thriving career in government. From 1975-1976 he served as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments and later as deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy during the Carter Administration.

Rubenstein is a noted philanthropist whose activities have had a profound impact on many aspects of American life, from arts and culture to health care to education and beyond. He was one of the 40 original signatories of the Giving Pledge, a campaign created in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in which the world’s wealthiest individuals and families commit to dedicating the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. He is also an engaging and captivating public speaker. On his current Bloomberg TV show, “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations,” Rubenstein interviews leaders across the country about their path to success.

Rubenstein has served as chair of the boards of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also vice chair and a former co-chair of the board of the Brookings Institution; a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and president of the Economic Club of Washington. From 2013 to 2017 he served as chair of the board of trustees at Duke University. He is a 1970 graduate of Duke University. In 1973, he earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as editor of The Law Review.

Learn more about the 2018 Investiture ceremony.