Today the Brookings Institution announced that billionaire David Rubenstein has been elected co-chair of its Board of Trustees. Rubenstein will serve as co-chair along with John L. Thornton.
Mr. Rubenstein was elected to the Brookings Board in 2009 and has served as vice chair since 2011.
According to Forbes, Rubenstein is ranked as the 520th wealthiest person in the world, with $3.1 billion.
Rubenstein serves with other billionaires on the Board at Brookings, including Phil Knight ($18.4 billion net worth), Haim Saban ($3.4 billion), Robert Bass ($2.8 billion), and Wilbur Ross ($2.8 billion)
The full Board of Trustees list can be found here.
Rubenstein, Co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, is also on the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Appropriately, Darrell West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at Brookings, has just written a new book titled "Billionaires: Reflections of the Upper Crust."
Here is a previous Think Tank Watch post on which think tanks billionaires favor.