The David Rubenstein Show

The David Rubenstein Show Podcast

What makes a great leader? How can leadership be developed into a force for true achievement? The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations explores successful leadership through the personal and professional choices of the most influential people in business. Renowned financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein travels the country talking to leaders to uncover their stories and their path to success. Each episode features an interview with one business leader.

Kristalina Georgieva
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva is more optimistic about the economy than a few months ago, but calls the recovery 'partial and uneven'. Georgieva's biggest concern is that we will emerge from this crisis with more inequality, higher debt, higher deficits and climate crisis. She urges the world to come together for a massive, global stimulus to ensure we emerge from this crisis with a better economy than we had in 2019....

Ruth Porat
Alphabet Inc. Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat says employees having the chance to work together in person is key to fostering innovation, but the nature of work will inevitably change because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Porat, who has held roles on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, tells her story on the latest episode of "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations."...

Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings says if he had known how big Netflix was going to get he never would have sold a share. The founder and now Co-CEO of Netflix discusses the meteoric rise of Netflix with David Rubenstein on the latest episode of "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations."...


Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tells David Rubenstein he is stunned how well the NBA bubble has worked. Cuban discusses his ambitions for the Dallas Mavericks and investment opportunities amid the COVID-19 crisis on the latest episode of "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations."...

Lonnie Bunch
Lonnie Bunch is the fourteenth secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He is the first African American secretary and first historian to oversee what is the world's largest museum and research complex. Bunch talks to David Rubenstein about running the organization during the Covid-19 pandemic and about the museum's response to protests over racism in America. He appears on the latest episode of "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations."...

Introducing: Blood River
The killers of Berta Caceres had every reason to believe they’d get away with murder. More than 100 other environmental activists in Honduras had been killed in the previous five years, yet almost no one had been punished for the crimes. Bloomberg’s Blood River follows a four-year quest to find her killers – a twisting trail that leads into the country’s circles of power. Blood River is out now....


Introducing: Blood River
The killers of Berta Caceres had every reason to believe they’d get away with murder. More than 100 other environmental activists in Honduras had been killed in the previous five years, yet almost no one had been punished for the crimes. Bloomberg’s Blood River follows a four-year quest to find her killers – a twisting trail that leads into the country’s circles of power. Blood River is out now....

Stephen Schwarzman
Stephen Schwarzman is the founder of Blackstone Group, the largest alternative asset manager in the world, with $554 billion worth of assets under management. He spoke with David Rubenstein about starting the firm, surviving the real estate crash of 2007, and being rejected from Harvard....

Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio is the founder of the world's biggest hedge fund firm, Bridgewater Associates, which manages $160 billion. Through his Dalio Foundation, he has directed millions of dollars in donations to the David Lynch Foundation, an organization that sponsors and promotes research on Transcendental Meditation. Also working to make sure Bridgewater survives him, Dalio moved in 2018 to turn Bridgewater into a partnership and give employees more of a stake in the firm....


Bill Gates
Entrepreneur and businessman Bill Gates and his business partner Paul Allen founded and built the world's largest software business, Microsoft, through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics. In the process, Gates became one of the richest men in the world. In February 2014, Gates announced that he was stepping down as Microsoft's chairman to focus on charitable work at his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates sat down with David Rubenstein, co-f...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was first appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, then to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.    Ginsburg is the second out of only four female justices to ever be confirmed to the court.  Ginsburg sat down with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, and host of the Bloomberg television show, Peer to Peer Conversations, to discuss her health, the dissent t...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was first appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, then to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.  Ginsburg is the second out of only four female justices to ever be confirmed to the court. Ginsburg sat down with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, and host of the Bloomberg television show, Peer to Peer Conversations, to discuss her health, the dissent that...


Adam Silver
The NBA's popularity seems to be hitting a new peak, as ticket sales, revenues, and franchise value continues to rise. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat down with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein for his Bloomberg Television show Peer to Peer Conversations, and spoke about the history of basketball and why it's so popular around the world....

Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus is a golf legend and the winner of a record six Masters Tournaments among his 18 career major championships. He sat down with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein for his Bloomberg Television show Peer to Peer Conversations. In the conversation, Nicklaus reminisces about his favorite golfers, explains why he and President Donald Trump have a similar playing style, and analyzes Tiger Woods' chances of breaking his majors tally....

John Rogers
Noted value investor John Rogers of Ariel Investments, started his firm when he was just 24 years old. Rogers is Chairman and Co-C-E-O of the company, and he sat down with Carlyle Group Co-Chairman David Rubenstein, for a wide-ranging chat. Here's part of their interview on Rubenstein's Bloomberg Television show Peer to Peer conversations....


Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as congressman from Kansas' 4th District. He served on the House Intelligence Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committees, as well as the House Select Benghazi Committee. Pompeo sat down with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, and host of the...

Lorne Michaels
He created Saturday Night Live and turned it into a cultural icon. Lorne Michaels sat down with Carlyle Group co-Chairman David Rubenstein for a wide-ranging chat for Rubenstein's Bloomberg Television show Peer to Peer conversations. They discuss the show's evolution from its infancy with the original cast to now, how trends in comedy and censorship have changed and what it takes to create the storied program....

Dara Khosrowshahi
In August of 2017, Dara Khosrowshahi became the CEO of Uber, succeeding founder Travis Kalanick. Khosrowshahi manages the company's fast-growing business in 63 countries around the world and leads a global team of more than 22,000 employees. Dara was previously the CEO of Expedia, which he grew into one of the world's largest online travel companies. Khosrowshahi spoke with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, and host of the Bloomberg television show, Peer to Peer Conversations....


John Kelly
Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly stepped down as President Trump's chief of staff at the end of 2018, after more than a year spent managing the daily operations inside the West Wing. Kelly spent most of his entire adult life serving the nation. He wore a Marine uniform for more than 40 years. He was briefly retired before joining the Trump Administration....

Melinda Gates
We bring you another edition of Peer to Peer with David Rubenstein from Bloomberg Television. This week, David speaks with Gates Foundation Co-Founder Melinda Gates about  inequality in the U.S....

Anthony Kennedy
Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire from the Supreme Court was overshadowed by the intense confirmation battle that surrounded his eventual successor, Brett Kavanaugh, but it is important to remember Kennedy's contributions to the court as an associate justice since 1988. Kennedy recently sat down with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein for an interview recorded at the University of Virginia Law School. They spoke on David Rubenstein's Bloomberg Television program, "Peer to Peer Conversations."...


Alan Greenspan
Serving under four Presidents from both parties, Alan Greenspan holds the title as the second-longest serving Federal Reserve chairman, overseeing America's economy through booms and busts from the 1980s through the 2000s. Greenspan has a new book out now called "Capitalism in America: A History," which he co-wrote with Financial Times reporter Adrian Wooldridge....

Michael Milken
There is no one more closely associated with junk bonds than Michael Milken, who, in the 1970s, realized that investors could make more money buying bonds from companies with lower credit ratings than they could from companies with triple-A rated bonds. However, the same competitive nature that made Milken millions ended up hurting him. In 1990, Milken pled guilty to six counts of violating securities law, spent one year and ten months in prison, and paid a government fine of $200 million and put an additio...

Christine Lagarde
When Christine Lagarde was selected to become the first female managing director of the IMF in 2011, it was simply another "first" for the French lawyer, whose long career has included experiences in the legal, governmental, and economic fields in both the public and private sectors....


Barry Diller
Over his long career, Barry Diller has founded and led some of the most influential media companies in America, creating the Fox Broadcasting Company, running Paramount Pictures, and, more recently, leading InterActiveCorp as it grows into a multi-billion dollar internet company....

Jeff Bezos
In 1993, a young engineer named Jeff Bezos had the idea to sell books online. He called his new company Amazon and warned many of his early investors that there was a 70 percent chance the venture would either fail or go bankrupt.  Twenty-five years later, it's very clear that Bezos' idea did not fail. Amazon not only survived, it thrived. It’s now the world's largest online sales company, and the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services.  Bezos recently sat down with Carlyle Group co-found...

Dr. Jim Yong Kim
With degrees and doctorates from Harvard and Brown University, Dr. Jim Yong Kim is one of the best-educated people to ever serve as head of the World Bank, but he is also one of the most unconventional: Kim's degrees are in biology and anthropology and his job history includes time as a professor at Harvard and president of Dartmouth College, where he was the first Asian-American to lead an Ivy League institution....


Oscar Munoz
Five weeks after being named CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz had a heart attack. Two months later, with a new heart, he was back at work, where he was faced with a company in disarray. Over the course of the following year, Munoz largely succeeded in turning around the airline. He recently sat down with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein. They spoke on David Rubenstein's Bloomberg Television program, "Peer to Peer conversations."...

Dennis Muilenburg
With roughly 140,000 employees across 66 countries, Boeing airplanes and aerospace products represent one of the most visible and important U.S. exports to the globe. And as CEO of the roughly $93 billion company, Dennis Muilenburg is in charge of securing the plane-maker's future in both the commercial and military sectors: overseeing the rollout of the 787 dreamliner and the Max 10, and securing a nearly $4 billion contract to build a new Air Force One since he became CEO in 2015. Before becoming chief ex...

Richard Branson
In 1972, a young entrepreneur named Richard Branson turned his mail order record business into a brick and mortar store, which he named Virgin Records. Today, the company - which is now called Virgin Group - is much more than a record store, comprising more than 40 companies that include airlines, financial services, communications, and even space-travel.  And Branson himself has stakes in more than 400 companies ranging from travel, media, healthcare, and finance....


Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates have a lot in common. They were both CEOs of Microsoft, they are two of the wealthiest people in the world, and they both dropped out of prestigious universities to work at the computer company founded by Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. But when Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980, the company had yet to dominate the personal computer market, eventually creating three billionaires.  Ballmer recently sat down with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein to discuss his career....

Renee Flemming
Opera singers are famous for being divas on an off the stage, but American soprano Renee Flemming has spent her long and notable career developing a different persona, often being called the "People's Diva."    For many of Fleming's fans, she is the first, and perhaps the only opera star they have ever paid close attention to, selling more than 2 million records, winning Grammy's and other awards for her work, and even singing the national anthem at the 2014 Super Bowl....

Khaldoon Al Mubarak
As CEO of the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company Khaldoon Al Mubarak is part of a new effort by the UAE government to diversify its economy beyond oil. On this episode of the David Rubenstein Show, Al Mubarak discusses overseeing a sovereign wealth fund with more than $250 billion in assets, and more....


Robert F. Smith
Robert F. Smith's life has taken him from the newly de-segregated classrooms of suburban Denver, to Columbia Business School, Goldman Sachs, and eventually to his own private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners.  On this episode of the David Rubenstein Show, Smith discusses working as an intern at Bell Labs when he was below the minimum age requirement, becoming the first Goldman Sachs employee to focus solely on M&A in the tech sector, and more....

Tim Cook
Seven years after the death of visionary co-founder Steve Jobs, Apple is on its way to a market capitalization of $1 trillion, the first-ever public company to do so. Much of the tech giant's recent growth can be attributed to CEO Tim Cook, who took over from Jobs. Cook joins Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein on this episode to discuss Apple’s growth and more....