Carlyle's Rubenstein Will Foot Bill For Washington Monument Repairs

Jan 19 2012 | 12:49pm ET

Washington, D.C.'s most visible attraction will reopen to visitors sooner than expected, thanks to a Carlyle Group co-founder.

David Rubenstein has put up $7.5 million to pay for repairs to the Washington Monument, which was damaged by last summer's freak earthquake in Virginia. The billionaire private equity honcho came forward after Congress insisted that the National Park Service come up with funds to match the $7.5 million it allocated in December.

"I would suggest it hadn't even stopped shaking before David Rubenstein came to me and asked if I could help," Jonathan Jarvis, director of the Parks Service, said.

"This Washington Monument is probably one of the most recognizable buildings in the United States, next to the Capitol and the Empire State Building," Rubenstein said. "It could use a little repair work, and I wanted people to get to see it as soon as possible."

Work on the structure could begin in August and could take more than a year to complete.

Rubenstein has poured some of his fortune into Washington, where Carlyle is based, in recent years. Among the beneficiaries of his philanthropy have been the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution.


In Depth

Why Ponzi Schemes Work: An In-Depth Look At The Allen Stanford Fraud

Dec 21 2014 | 10:30am ET

Texan Allen Stanford first appeared on the radars of financial regulators in 1997...

Lifestyle

Cooper-Hohn Won't Contest Divorce Settlement

Dec 18 2014 | 9:51am ET

The ex-wife of hedge fund billionaire Christopher Hohn will not contest a divorce...

Guest Contributor

Controlling With Confidence: A ‘How-To’ For Hedge Fund Managers

Dec 22 2014 | 11:52am ET

Hedge funds are increasingly turning to third party services to help with operations...

 

Sponsored Content

Editor's Note

    Guidelines for Guest Articles

    Oct 22 2014 | 9:46am ET

    We are always looking for guest articles from hedge fund managers and buy-side firms.

    If you are interested in submitting a contributed piece for possible publication on FINalternatives, please take a look at the specs. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

December 2014 Cover

Futures 2014 person of the year

Jeff Sprecher was simply looking for a platform to trade energies when launching ICE 14 years ago but it has grown to reach the pinnacle of both the listed futures and equities world.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.