A Billionaire's Bet: The Best & Brightest

Stephen A. Schwarzman

Stephen A. Schwarzman is the founder and chairman of the Schwarzman Scholars program, a year-long graduate school based in Beijing, China, that opened its doors to its very first class in August of 2016. Schwarzman, who personally donated $100 million to the program's endowment, has been intimately involved with the admissions process, securing the necessary approvals from the Chinese government for the school's design and construction. The aim of the program is to educate future world leaders about China and promote connections between various countries. Schwarzman is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, a global investment firm that manages assets worth nearly $370 billion. A graduate of Yale and Harvard Business School, Schwarzman also serves as the Chairman of President Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum.


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