Top financier 'dialled God' - but still didn't get into Harvard

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Steve Schwarzman, the billionaire co-founder of Blackstone, said a former admission dean of Harvard College later told him it was a mistake to have rejected him as an undergraduate applicant.

'He wrote me a few years ago saying, ’I guess we got that one wrong,’' Schwarzman said Tuesday in a Bloomberg Television interview with Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle in which he recounted his application.

'My number-one choice was Harvard and I didn’t get in', Schwarzman said, adding that he called the dean from his high-school pay phone to ask him to change his mind, which was 'like dialing God'.

Bloomberg News reports that Schwarzman, who instead attended Yale University, graduated from Harvard Business School three years after finishing at Yale. The 68-year-old, who’s worth $13.3bn, on Monday said he’ll give $150m to Yale for a student center that will include performance, exhibition, meeting, dining and gathering spaces. The Schwarzman Center is expected to open in 2020.

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Schwarzman: Harvard Admitted Rejecting Me Was a Mistake

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