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Alumni Hall of Fame
Leonard Lauder '50

Leonard Lauder is a businessman and philanthropist who currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies.

Lauder joined the company in 1958 at the age of 25, and was appointed President in 1972 and CEO in 1982. Under his direction, Estée Lauder expanded its profile and market, acquiring brands like MAC and Bobbi Brown.

Lauder is heavily involved in several philanthropic, academic and artistic causes. He co-founded the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, serves as a member on the Council on Foreign Relations and as a trustee of the Aspen Institute, and has donated more than $1 billion worth of paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Prior to his distinguished career, Lauder graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and served as a Lieutenant in the Navy.

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