Bob Rubin, former US Secretary of the Treasury during both Clinton administrations and the founder of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy think tank, and John Paulson, founder and President of Paulson & Co., a New York-based hedge fund, sit with Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby to discuss how to get Washington and our economy moving again.
Bob Rubin has been active in national and New York City’s public affairs. He was President Clinton’s choice to serve as U.S.A.’s 70th Secretary of the Treasury. Mr. Rubin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office on January 10, 1995 to 1999. As a Secretary of the Treasury, he played a leading role in many of the nation’s most important policy debates. Mr. Rubin was involved in balancing the federal budget, opening trade policy to further globalization, acting to stem financial crises in Mexico, Asia and Russia, helping to resolve the impasse between the Congress and the Executive Branch over the public debt limit, safeguarding the nation’s currency against counterfeiting, introducing inflation-indexed securities, strongly responding to issues at treasury’s law enforcement agencies and guiding sensible reforms at the Internal Revenue Service. He left U.S. Treasury on July 2, 1999. Mr. Rubin first joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 and served from 1993 to 1995 in the White House as an Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of National Economic Council (NEC). Under his guidance, NEC 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. At the White House and Treasury, Mr. Rubin was a leading advocate for policy actions that met the need for economic development in the Nation’s distressed urban and rural areas.
Sebastian Mallaby is a biweekly columnist for The Washington Post, specializing in globalization, trade, investment trends, international development and economic policy. He is the Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics.
John Paulson is the President and Portfolio Manager of Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson”). Paulson is an SEC-registered investment management company specializing in global merger, event arbitrage and credit strategies. The firm was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in New York with offices in London and Hong Kong.
Mr. Paulson received his Masters of Business Administration with high distinction, as a Baker Scholar, from Harvard Business School in 1980. He graduated summa cum laude in Finance from New York University’s College of Business and Public Administration in 1978. Prior to forming Paulson in 1994, John was a general partner of Gruss Partners and a managing director in mergers and acquisitions at Bear Stearns.
John serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University; Board of Trustees of the Spence School; Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy; the Deans Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School; the Board of Directors of 92nd Street Y; the Board of the Partnership for New York City; and the Chairman’s Circle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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