Co-Chair of the Board, Council on Foreign Relations and former Secretary of the United States Treasury
Robert E. Rubin became Secretary of the Treasury to President Bill Clinton in 1995, and played a leading role in many of the most important US policy debates. He was involved in balancing the federal budget, opening trade policy to further globalization, and stemming financial crises in Mexico, Asia and Russia. He left the Treasury in 1999.
Mr Rubin, long active in national and New York City´s public affairs, joined the Clinton Administration in 1993. Beginning with President Clinton´s inauguration, Mr Rubin served in the White House as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Directing the activities of the National Economic Council, Mr Rubin guided the newly created NEC as it oversaw the administration´s domestic and international economic policymaking process, coordinated economic policy recommendations to the president, and monitored the implementation of the president´s economic policy goals.
Mr Rubin began his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Company in New York City in 1966. He became a general partner in 1971 and joined the management committee in 1980. Mr Rubin was Vice-Chairman and Co-Chief Operating Officer from 1987 to 1990 and served as Co-Senior Partner and Co-Chairman from 1990 to 1992. Before joining Goldman, he was an attorney at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City.
After leaving the public sector, Mr Rubin joined Citigroup on October 26, 1999, where he participated in the strategic, managerial and operational matters of the company. He rose to director and chairman of the Executive Committee of Citigroup Inc. Mr Rubin left Citigroup in January 2009. Mr Rubin is co-chair of the board of directors of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Mr Rubin was born in New York City on August 29, 1938. He is married and has two adult sons. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1960 with an A.B. in economics. He received a L.L.B. from Yale Law School in 1964 and attended the London School of Economics.