Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Carlyle Founders Elevated Out of Operations for 2018

Carlyle Group co-founders David Rubenstein, William Conway and Daniel D'Aniello took a step back from running their politically connected private equity underwriting (PEU) firm.  The DBDs, David-Bill-Daniel, started The Carlyle Group in 1987.

For all its glasnost, the genius of Carlyle may well yet rest with the unsettled dynamic among its leaders that has been there from the Marriott breakfast. 

“At the end of the day,” Akerson said, “it wouldn’t be the firm anywhere close to where it is if they were alone. It’s a complicated, synergistic relationship.”
And it's mostly done, as all three step back from their current roles starting January 1, 2018.   Axios reported:

Sources say that Rubenstein is planning to launch a family office, likely in partnership with at least one of his daughters.
That could be in competition with Carlyle for deals.  The PEU guard is changing.

Update 10-28-17:  Carlyle PEU Nolan Harte turned out for the Build Our Future PAC which supports conservative millennials running for office.   Surely, conservative millennials love PEU.