Congratulations to David M. Rubenstein! This patriotic philanthropist has donated $7.5 Million for the repair of our national symbol, the Washington Monument. Mr Rubenstein a self-described history buff has a long history himself in supporting American Institutions. In 2008, he was the man who purchased the Magna Carta (an early version) and he has put that Magna Carta on permanent loan to the National Archives. Besides being a history buff and philanthropist, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and the co-founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group.
As you may recall, the monument was damaged by the Aug. 23, 2011, 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the east coast of the USA. As a result, the monument is currently closed while it is being repaired.
Source: “Billionaire to Donate $7.5 Million to Repair Washington Monument“, 18-January-2012, New York Times, Politics Page.