We are pleased to share the following conversation between David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, and Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. The interview took place in September 2018.

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David M. Rubenstein is cofounder and co–executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms (founded in 1987). David is an original signer of the Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, among other philanthropic awards. He is the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS, and the author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians, a book published by Simon & Schuster in October 2019. David graduated from Duke University and received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of the e-commerce company Amazon and founder of the space exploration company Blue Origin. Born in 1964 in New Mexico, Jeff had an early love of computers and studied computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University. After graduation, he worked on Wall Street, and in 1990 he became the youngest senior vice president at the investment firm D.E. Shaw. Four years later, Jeff quit his lucrative job to open Amazon.com, an online bookstore that became one of the Internet’s biggest success stories. In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post, and in 2017 Amazon acquired Whole Foods.