Leonard A. Lauder
(born March 19, 1933) is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
He was chief executive until 1999. Today Estée Lauder operates several brands in the cosmetics industry including Estée Lauder
, MAC Cosmetics
, Bobbi Brown
and La Mer
. Leonard Lauder gained notoriety in 2001 for creating the Lipstick index
, a since discredited economic indicator
Leonard Lauder comes from the Lauder family, a prominent Jewish family in the cosmetics business; he is the son of Joseph and Estée Lauder
, and the older brother of Ronald Lauder
. He is married to Evelyn Lauder
, with whom he has two sons: William
, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies, and Gary, Managing Director, Lauder Partners LLC.
He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
, and he also studied at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business
. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He formally joined Estée Lauder in 1958.
Arts and culture
Leonard Lauder has long been a major benefactor of the Whitney Museum of American Art
, where he has been chairman since 1994. He has donated both money and many works of art to the Whitney, and is the museum's most prolific fundraiser. The fifth floor permanent collection galleries are... Read More