Leonard A. Lauder

Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and the senior member of its Board of Directors. The Company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products.

Mr. Lauder is highly involved in the worlds of art, education, politics and philanthropy. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art, to which he has donated hundreds of works of art. In 2013, Mr. Lauder pledged his collection of Cubist art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also provided significant support for the creation there of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art to advance the scholarship of early twentieth-century art.  

Additionally, Mr. Lauder has been a major supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, among other organizations. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and Honorary Chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Mr. Lauder served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations to President Reagan (1983–1987). Among his honors, he has been named an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by France and recognized by the United States Navy Supply Corps Foundation with its Distinguished Alumni Award. The Lauder Family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of its long-standing commitment to philanthropy and public service. Mr. Lauder was the 2013 recipient of the Palazzo Strozzi Renaissance Man of the Year Award, and most recently, he was named a 2014 Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Mr. Lauder is married to Judy Glickman Lauder, an internationally recognized photographer and philanthropist.