Bloomberg launches new TV series, with Bill Gates as first guest

Bloomberg Media has announced the launch of a new prime-time television and digital series 'The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations'.

David Rubenstein

Financier and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will each episode interview an influential power player about their personal and professional journey.

As a peer, Rubenstein asks his guests — including Bill Gates, Lloyd Blankfein, Indra Nooyi, and Warren Buffett — frank questions, uncovering the moments that define how they think, lead, and give back.

In the first half-hour episode of which airs today and tonight at 8 p.m., Rubenstein interviews Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates reflects on being a self-described "geek" and how his wife and children, and his mother's death, changed his perspective on work.

Subsequent shows will feature interviews with Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and chief executive of Goldman Sachs; Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway; Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo; Kenneth Chenault, chairman and chief executive of American Express; and Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent, Alphabet, among others.

The episode debuted as a digital video on Bloomberg.com and will air on Bloomberg Television.

Episodes will be available on Bloomberg.com in the morning in addition to a livestream on Bloomberg.com, YouTube, and the Bloomberg terminal.

David M. Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest and most diverse private equity groups. A graduate of Duke and the University of Chicago Law School, he is chairman of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, regent of the Smithsonian Institution, president of the Economic Club of Washington, and a noted "patriotic philanthropist" who has loaned his copies of artifacts such as the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, and Emancipation Proclamation to national museums. He also helped fund repairs to the Washington Monument.

"David is one of America's most accomplished business leaders and philanthropically motivated citizens," said Bloomberg Media chief executive Justin B. Smith.

"He is also a gifted interviewer, genuinely fascinated by discovering what makes people who they are. David is singularly qualified to interview the best minds in business and we're thrilled he's bringing his talents to Bloomberg's global audience. From these conversations our viewers will gain unique insights into what makes these titans tick."

"This is a wonderful opportunity to help a broad audience better understand the great minds, leaders, and entrepreneurs of our day," said David M. Rubenstein. "We explore life journeys, get at lessons learned, and find wisdom throughout. They are all titans, but we find the humanity that makes them real and approachable."

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) will sponsor the show.

Bloomberg Television is a global business and financial television network available in more than 360 million households worldwide across more than 70 countries. Bloomberg TV is also delivered to the Bloomberg Professional service, which guides the world's financial elite with indispensable real-time data, news, and analysis. Leveraging the content, resources, and infrastructure of Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg is the No. 1 source of global business video, reaching 18.3m unique viewers worldwide in August 2016.

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