Jeff Zucker’s ex-wife Caryn is ‘getting close’ with billionaire David Rubenstein

EXCLUSIVE: Guess who’s coming to dinner, Joe! Jeff Zucker’s ex-wife Caryn is ‘getting so close’ with billionaire David Rubenstein, the pair are expected to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Bidens at his $20m Nantucket estate

  • Jeff Zucker’s ex-wife Caryn, 57, is reportedly seeing private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, 73
  • Sources tell DailyMail.com that it’s possible Caryn will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at Rubenstein’s Nantucket estate with the Biden family 
  • The Bidens – Joe, Jill, Ashley, Hunter and his family – were seen stepping off Air Force 1 on Tuesday to head to Rubenstein’s $20million waterfront estate 
  • A source tells DailyMail.com, ‘David has developed a really close friendship with Caryn Zucker. It’s been the talk of the Upper East Side since the summer’ 
  • Jeff Zucker stepped down as president of CNN in February over ‘open secret’ his affair with CNN chief marketing officer Allison Gollust

Ousted CNN boss Jeff Zucker’s ex-wife Caryn appears to be dating private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, sources tell DailyMail.com. 

Caryn, 57, and Rubenstein, 73, have been getting close and this summer posed together for a photo at a charity gala in the Hamptons. 

A source tells DailyMail.com, ‘David has developed a really close friendship with Caryn Zucker. It’s been the talk of the Upper East Side, Hamptons and Palm Beach since the summer.’

Now all eyes are on the pair’s holiday plans – as The Bidens are spending Thanksgiving at Rubenstein’s $20million Nantucket estate. 

‘This should be a great Thanksgiving for them both,’ the source added. ‘Everyone is wondering if they will turn up for Thanksgiving dinner with the President and First Family.’

Jeff Zucker's ex-wife Caryn, 57, is reportedly seeing private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, 73. This summer they posed together for a photo at a charity gala in the Hamptons

Jeff Zucker’s ex-wife Caryn, 57, is reportedly seeing private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, 73. This summer they posed together for a photo at a charity gala in the Hamptons

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive in Nantucket Tuesday night for their Thanksgiving holiday. Sources tell DailyMail.com that it's possible Caryn will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at Rubenstein's Nantucket estate with the Biden family

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive in Nantucket Tuesday night for their Thanksgiving holiday. Sources tell DailyMail.com that it’s possible Caryn will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday at Rubenstein’s Nantucket estate with the Biden family

The Bidens will once again camp out at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman turned philanthropist David Rubenstein - the same place they stayed last year for the holiday

The Bidens will once again camp out at the luxurious Nantucket compound owned by billionaire businessman turned philanthropist David Rubenstein – the same place they stayed last year for the holiday

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden – followed by daughter Ashley, Hunter, his wife Melissa and their baby Beau – were seen stepping off Air Force 1 as they arrived on Nantucket Tuesday night for their traditional Thanksgiving family holiday. 

Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein has friends on both sides of the political aisle including President Joe Biden

Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein has friends on both sides of the political aisle including President Joe Biden

The Biden clan will spend the week eating turkey and talking about the 2024 presidential race at Rubenstein’s luxurious 13-acre estate – where the First Family stayed last year. 

Our source said, ‘We’re all hoping that Caryn will now enjoy the holidays with one of the world’s richest men and the President of the United States. Talk about an amazing next chapter for Caryn, who truly deserves it.

‘Caryn is charming, sweet and very attractive, so it makes sense that David would be interested in a close friendship with her.’ 

Philanthropist Rubenstein was married to Alice Rogoff from 1983 to 2017 and they share three children together. 

Caryn and Zucker have two children and they split in 2018 during the former TV chief’s long-running ‘open secret’ affair with Gollust.

The source said, ‘Her ex Jeff will always be remembered for two of his relationships. The first being with Donald Trump and the second with his subordinate Allison Gollust that led to them both exiting CNN.

‘She puts her family first and has maintained a dignified silence about Jeff.’

Zucker with his ex-wife Caryn in 2011 (left) and Gollust with her ex-husband Billy Hult (right) in 2008. The pair have known each other and worked together for 20 years, starting at ABC, and media sources say their affair was an 'open secret'

Zucker with his ex-wife Caryn in 2011 (left) and Gollust with her ex-husband Billy Hult (right) in 2008. The pair have known each other and worked together for 20 years, starting at ABC, and media sources say their affair was an 'open secret'

Jeff Zucker stepped down as president of CNN in February over his affair with CNN chief marketing officer Allison Gollust. Zucker with his ex-wife Caryn in 2011 (left) and Gollust with her ex-husband Billy Hult (right)

Sources called the relationship between Zucker and Gollust the 'worst kept secret inside the building' and claim it had been going on for years

Sources called the relationship between Zucker and Gollust the ‘worst kept secret inside the building’ and claim it had been going on for years  

Philanthropist Rubenstein was married to Alice Rogoff from 1983 to 2017 and they share three children together. Rubenstein and Alice at the 2015 state dinner for Chinese President President Xi Jinping

Philanthropist Rubenstein was married to Alice Rogoff from 1983 to 2017 and they share three children together. Rubenstein and Alice at the 2015 state dinner for Chinese President President Xi Jinping

The Zuckers lived in the same Manhattan apartment building as Gollust and her then husband Billy Hult – and even the doormen knew of the illicit relationship and tried to keep Caryn and Allison from interacting.

Zucker eventually ended the marriage at a Rosh Hashanah dinner for the Jewish New Year, it has been reported.

Zucker quit in February as part of the fallout from the firing of former anchor Chris Cuomo, who blew the whistle on his ex-boss’s affair in his fight for $18million severance pay. 

Chris was fired in December last year after an internal investigation found he had helped his brother Andrew, the former Governor of New York, navigate through a sexual misconduct scandal, while still working as a CNN host. 

Zucker had refused to pay out the remaining $18million of his contract, citing the conflict of interest between Chris’s relationship with his brother and his on-air reporting for CNN.

Cuomo’s team said it was hypocritical for Zucker to fire Chris for a conflict of interest when he has one of his own in his relationship with Gollust, with sources calling it the ‘worst kept secret inside the building.’

The Bidens - Joe, Jill, Ashley, Hunter and his family, were seen stepping off Air Force 1 on Tuesday to head to Rubenstein's $20million waterfront estate

The Bidens – Joe, Jill, Ashley, Hunter and his family, were seen stepping off Air Force 1 on Tuesday to head to Rubenstein’s $20million waterfront estate 

President Biden has said the holidays - a time when the extended family is together - is when they'll have serious talks about another White House bid

President Biden has said the holidays – a time when the extended family is together – is when they’ll have serious talks about another White House bid 

Melissa Cohen (left), baby Beau Biden (center) and Hunter Biden (right) arrive in Nantucket Tuesday night for the traditional Biden Thanksgiving trip

Melissa Cohen (left), baby Beau Biden (center) and Hunter Biden (right) arrive in Nantucket Tuesday night for the traditional Biden Thanksgiving trip 

Massachusetts state troopers arriving ahead of President Biden's visit to Nantucket

Massachusetts state troopers arriving ahead of President Biden’s visit to Nantucket

Meanwhile President Biden has said the holidays – a time when the extended family is together – is when they’ll have serious talks about another White House bid. 

‘I hope Jill and I get a little time to actually sneak away for a week’ to discuss running for a second term, the president said earlier this year at a press conference. 

Preparations have already begun on the island for the first family’s arrival. A large military cargo plane was at the town’s airport on Sunday, carrying the equipment necessary to secure the president for his stay.

On Monday, a fleet of Massachusetts state police motorcycles and SUVs drove off the ferry and onto the town’s main drag to be on hand for Biden’s visit. 

Hundreds of people follow the president wherever he goes – Secret Service agents, support staff, and members of the military. They’ll lock down the area around Rubenstein’s home while the Bidens are in residence. 

As for the budding relationship, our source says, ‘Everyone just adores Caryn, she’s a wonderful woman and we all want her to find happiness.’

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