In Thursday’s (3/4) Washington Post, Janqueline Trescott writes, “As a youngster in Baltimore, David M. Rubenstein says he was inspired by John F. Kennedy, so much so that he planned a public service career. The young lawyer got a job in 1977 at the White House under President Jimmy Carter, a stint that gained him an invitation to the first presidential reception for Kennedy Center Honors recipients. … That’s when the relationship between David Rubenstein and the Kennedy Center began, a relationship that culminated Wednesday when the center’s board unanimously elected the 60-year-old as its next chairman, beginning in May. … Rubenstein, who was No. 123 on last year’s Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, is co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s leading private equity firms. He has an impressive track record of generosity in Washington and elsewhere. In six years on the Kennedy Center board, he has given the center $3.5 million. … In other arts-related arenas, Rubenstein, vice chairman of the board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York and chairman of its fundraising drive, gave $10 million to the center’s redevelopment project in October.”

Posted March 4, 2010