David M. Rubenstein: power hub

By Laurie Bennett

September 27, 2011 at 12:01pm

There are those in America’s leadership elite who forge so many connections to so many other influential people that they become power centers themselves.

Some even live outside the beltway. (We suspect this is an increasing number, with wealth becoming more concentrated and Washington growing more ineffective.)

As we analyze connections and influence in the U.S., the name of David M. Rubenstein comes up again and again.

David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein

He is in the top 1 percent of people we study for Muckety. The crowded map above outlines his links to other people also in the the top 1 percent.

Rubenstein is a co-founder of Carlyle Group, the private equity firm that manages $150 billion in assets. He chairs the Kennedy Center and sits on the boards of the Brookings Institution and the Smithsonian Institution.

His business and nonprofit activities bring him into contact with an elite group of other influencers.

Like fellow billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Ron Perelman, he has committed much of his fortune to Giving Pledge. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that Rubenstein gave away $26.6 million last year.

Rubenstein has a special fondness of history. Four years ago, he paid $21.3 million to purchase the Magna Carta at a Sotheby’s auction. Last month, it was announced that he would give $13.6 million to support the rarebook and special collections library at Duke University.

For a better look at his many connections, we recommend that you view the large version of the above map. (The larger version also includes a linked list of the people and organizations in the map.)

Follow Muckety on Twitter Tweet This! Share on Facebook

Click here to sign up for the Muckety Newsletter

 Read related stories: Recent Stories · Top one percent  


  • There are no comments yet, be the first by filling in the form below.

Leave a Comment

The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.

Become a fan of Muckety on Facebook

  • Search for stories
    Special Features

Follow Muckety on Twitter Follow Muckety on Twitter
Muckety has no direct connection to most of the people or organizations listed on these pages.
We are unable to forward personal messages or provide personal contact information.
We make every effort at Muckety to ensure that our data is correct and timely. However, relationships are in constant flux and we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you come across incorrect or outdated information, please let us know by email.
© 2017 Muckety LLC