A Billionaire shares his story of learning, thriving, and giving in America

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.d.,
2 min readApr 9, 2020

David Rubenstein delivered a witty, humorous and informative interview on his vision, life and transforming lifestyle at the Economic Club of New York luncheon. The interview started with David sharing his early life in Baltimore, relatively poor in a segregated Jewish community. The interview captures an American story of family, persistence, and lifelong friendships that created wealth.

David shares how the Carlyle group was founded when he was 37.

David also shared context and insight on his previous Harvard University comments.

David discusses lessons learned during a recession.

David shares how he decided not to review Facebook.

David shares his transition to semi-retirement.

David shares how he developed his strategy and philosophy on philanthropy.

David shares the genesis of the Nobel prize.

The hour-long interview was inspiring, motivating, and engaging. Earlier, David explained that Vernon Jordan asked him to succeed him as the President of the Economic Club of Washington and he accepted. It was at the Economic Club of Washington where he honed his interview skills and then later during his show on Bloomberg. At the end of the session, the audience was challenged to think about what is to be written on your obituary — what do you want as your legacy to society — to humanity?

David tells the audience that starting poor is not a limitation. Developing life skills, networks, and giving back is a path that may be accessible to everyone.

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JoAnn Rolle, Ph.d.,

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.D., Dean of Business at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (CUNY) is an economist and international keynote speaker.