Leonard A. Lauder Books & Biography
Leonard A. Lauder was born in New York City in 1933, where he grew up and helped his mother as she founded what would become The Estée Lauder Companies out of the family’s kitchen in 1946.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Lauder officially joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 1958 and focused on building the company’s research and development laboratory and helping to grow the business.
Mr. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., where he currently serves as the senior member of the Board of Directors. In his over five decades of leadership, he transformed the company from a brand with eight products in one country, to a multi-brand, beloved global icon.