David Rubenstein speaks at Business Breakfast
2nd March 2013
David Rubenstein is the guest speaker at Jewish Care’s Business Breakfast at the Berkeley in Knightsbridge
One of the USA’s most prominent philanthropists, David Rubenstein, founder & CEO of the Carlyle Group, was the guest speaker at Jewish Care’s business breakfast held at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge on Friday 1st March. He addressed more than 150 business professionals. Sponsored by KPMG the event raised £30,000 for Jewish Care.
Mr Rubenstein regaled the audience with a witty and self deprecating account of his rise from humble beginnings to his present position as the head of the private equity firm, the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful investment operations.
He astounded the audience as he revealed that he had purchased the last privately owned copy of the Magna Carta at Sotheby's auction house in New York in 2007. He immediately donated it to the nation (United States).
Howard Leigh, chairman of Jewish Care's Business committee said: "David Rubenstein spoke very passionately about his commitment to philanthropy and community, not many of our speakers can claim to have bought the Magna Carta on a whim!"
David Rubenstein told the business group that he is now focussing on giving his money to good causes: “I am proud of my religion, we Jews are an extraordinary group of people and we comprise just 0.2% of the world’s population.” He reminded the group to: “Do something today that justifies your existence.”
Steven Lewis, chairman of Jewish Care thanked Mr Rubenstein for an “inspirational speech."