David Rubenstein consistently donates generously to American cultural mainstays, Duke University being a regular recipient; he is known as the Patriotic Philanthropist.
"Tracking big-time philanthropists is a lot like keeping an eye on your favorite movie director or novelist. What will they do next? What genres will they explore? What causes will they embrace?
"It's an intriguing parlor game, and it's especially intriguing when the philanthropist being tracked is multi-billionaire David Rubenstein, co-founder of the financial services firm the Carlyle Group and also known as the "Patriotic Philanthropist" for his massive gifts supporting national monuments and documents—$22 million for a copy of the Magna Carta!—and other artifacts reflecting our collective civic heritage."--Mike Scutari, Inside Philanthropy