“I’m a good Italian boy,” he said. “l love opera and anything that ends in a vowel.”— Daniel D'Aniello, The Washington Post
D'Aniello grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Butler Senior High School. He graduated from Syracuse University magna cum laude in 1968, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for Business students and scholars. He received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1974, where he was a Teagle Foundation Fellow.
In 1987, he co-founded the Carlyle Group with william E. Conway, Jr., and David Rubenstein. He now serves as Chairman of the Board.
In July 2017, D'Aniello was awarded the Arents Award which is Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor.