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Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein Offers Humor and Perspective on Economics and Giving

August 1, 2013

At first glance, Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-CEO David Rubenstein may seem like another no-nonsense, straight-laced numbers man. But Rubenstein quickly disproved that notion at the Aspen Leaders Action Forum. During his on-stage public conversation with Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson, the former Carter administration domestic policy deputy assistant displayed his self-effacing Jewish humor, making for an entertaining 40-minute session. 

In between the jokes, Rubenstein shared his perspective of the US economy, the importance of giving back, and what he considers the country’s biggest issue. In the video below, Rubenstein explains why he thinks US K-12 education — not the economy — is the most pressing problem.

Rubenstein also explained why he purchased the 1297 copy of the Magna Carta in 2007 and secured its spot at the National Archives. In the video below, he addresses the problem with giving, as well as why people should make a point to give back to their country.