“I went from being a very focused M&A banker to someone who learned a lot about investing,” Studzinski said. “If you’re going to go to school, what better place than Blackstone.”

Evaluating Offers

Today, he devotes much of his own money and time to combating human trafficking and modern slavery. He served on the board of Human Rights Watch for 15 years and is now vice-chair emeritus.

A devout Catholic, Studzinski has counseled the Vatican on transparency and other matters. In April, a choral work he commissioned was performed in the Sistine Chapel.

Studzinski said he’s too young to retire and is evaluating offers in finance. He insists he won’t return to investment banking or compete with Blackstone.

“No one is more willing to jump on a plane at a moment’s notice to help make things happen or resolve an issue,” Gray said in an email. “We are really going to miss him.”

This article was provided by Bloomberg News.

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