Estate Tax Speaker: Robert Rubin

Estate Tax Speaker: Robert Rubin

Age: 71
Education: BA Harvard College, LLB Yale Law School
Hometown: New York, New York

Robert RubinRobert Rubin was born in New York City and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in economics, attended the London School of Economics, and obtained a LLB from Yale Law School.

Mr. Rubin began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Company in New York City in 1966.  Mr. Rubin served as Vice-Chairman and Co-Chief Operating Officer from 1987-1990 and as Co-Senior Partner and Co-Chairman from 1990-1992.

Mr. Rubin first joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as Director of the newly-created National Economic Council.  In 1995 Rubin become the 70th US Secretary of the Treasury. Rubin’s leadership helped to ignite and maintain the longest economic expansion in American history, transforming the nation’s budget from a deficit to a surplus, and producing the lowest unemployment rates in decades. President Bill Clinton lauded Rubin as the “greatest Secretary of the Treasury since Alexander Hamilton”.

After leaving Washington in 1999, Rubin worked until 2009 as a board member and senior advisor for Citigroup. Rubin is the author of bestseller In An Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington [Random House, 2003, with Jacob Weisberg]. In 2006, Rubin was one of the founders of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution. Rubin is currently the Co-Chairman on the Council for Foreign Relations, an important non-partisan foreign policy think tank. He is also a member of the Harvard Corporation.

Mr. Rubin is married to Judith Oxenberg Rubin, who served as the New York City Commissioner of Protocol for four years under Mayor David Dinkins. The Rubins have two adult sons, James and Philip.