Edward Lampert

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Edward S. "Eddie" Lampert
Born (1962-07-19) July 19, 1962 (age 52)
Roslyn, New York
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation Businessman, investor
Net worth Increase $3.18 Billion USD (March 2014)[1]
Spouse(s) Kinga Lampert
Children three[1]
Parents Floyd M. Lampert
Dolores Lampert

Edward S. Lampert (born July 19, 1962)[2] is an American businessman and investor. He is the chairman and CEO of Sears Holdings (SHLD) and founder, chairman, and CEO of ESL Investments. Until May 2007 he was a director of AutoNation, Inc.[3] He previously served as a director of AutoZone, Inc. from July 1999 to October 2006.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Lampert was born in 1962 to Dolores Lampert and Floyd M. Lampert. His mother was a housewife. His father was a senior partner in the law firm of Lampert & Lampert in New York City. He has a younger sister Tracey.[5]

Lampert's grandmother was a passive investor and big fan of Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street Week television program. She instilled in him an interest in investing. His mother would later recall that young Eddie would sit with his grandmother reviewing and evaluating the performance of her stock picks in the daily newspaper.[2]

Lampert's father died at the age of 47 and his mother took a job as a clerk at Saks Fifth Avenue.[6] His mother would later say: "Eddie really assumed the responsibility, knowing that life had changed and we had to accomplish something by ourselves now."[2] In order to help support his family, Eddie worked after school and on weekends at various warehouses, stocking shelves and filling orders. Despite working, he earned good grades, played both soccer and basketball, and won the scholar athlete award at his high school. He received financial aid to help pay for college.[6]

Lampert graduated from Yale University in 1984 (B.A., economics, summa cum laude), where he was a member of Skull and Bones[2][7] and Phi Beta Kappa.

Career[edit]

In July 1984, Lampert worked as an intern at Goldman Sachs, and then worked in the firm's risk arbitrage department from March 1985 to February 1988. While there, he worked directly with Robert Rubin. When Lampert decided to go out on his own, Rubin warned him it would be a bad career decision.

In April 1988, Lampert left the bank to form ESL Investments, based in Greenwich, Connecticut (the name ESL derives from Lampert's initials). Richard Rainwater, whom Lampert had met on Nantucket Island, gave him $28 million in seed money and introduced him to clients, such as David Geffen.

Lampert typically holds his investments for several years and usually has between three and fifteen stocks in his portfolio. His investment style was once drawing comparisons to the financier Warren Buffett.[2] Lampert is considered responsible for forming and merging Kmart and Sears into Sears Holdings and then bankrupting it.

Lampert's earnings in 2004 were estimated to be $1.02 billion, making him the first Wall Street financial manager to exceed an income of $1 billion in a single year.[8] In 2006, Lampert was the richest person in Connecticut with a net worth of $3.8 billion.[9]

Lampert's earnings in 2006 were estimated to be from $1.0 billion to $1.5 billion.

In March 2012, Lampert came in at No. 367 on the Forbes world wealthiest people list with a net worth of $3.1 billion. [10]

In January 2013, it was announced that Lampert would take over as chief executive officer at Sears after Louis D'Ambrosio stepped down due to family health matters, which took effect in May 2013.[11]

Kidnapping[edit]

In 2003, Lampert was kidnapped from the parking lot of his Greenwich office, but was able to convince his captors to let him go after two days of captivity.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, he married Kinga Lampert and they have three children.[1][2] They have homes in Miami Beach, Florida,[12] Aspen, Colorado,[13] and Greenwich, Connecticut.[14] The couple follows the Chabad-Lubavitch movement of Orthodox Judaism.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Eddie Lampert March 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Berner, Robert (November 22, 2004). "The Next Warren Buffett?". Businessweek. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Miller, James P. (March 26, 2007). "Sears chief won't run for AutoNation's board". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 17, 2007. 
  4. ^ "SEC filing". AutoZone, Inc. Retrieved April 16, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Gary R. Smith Is Wed To Tracey R. Lampert". The New York Times. April 1, 1990. 
  6. ^ a b Sellers, Patricia (February 6, 2006). "Eddie Lampert: The best investor of his generation". CNN Money. 
  7. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Little, Brown and Company. p. 180. 
  8. ^ Martin, Patrick (2005-06-09). "Highest Wall Street pay tops $1 billion a year". Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  9. ^ "The 400 Richest Americans (Connecticut Rankings)". Forbes.com. 2006-09-21. 
  10. ^ Mason, Melvin. "Greenwich Home to Billionaires on Forbes List". The Greenwich Daily Voice. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hedge fund manager Lampert adds CEO role at Sears". CNN Money. January 8, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Edward Lampert". Forbes. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.pitkinassessor.org/assessor/Parcel.asp?AccountNumber=R003820
  14. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (February 17, 2002). "Personal Business; Big Returns, Minus the Pleasantries". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Jewish Business News: "Edward Lampert’s Plan to Re-Organize Sears Begins to Take Shape" November 26, 2013 | They live in Greenwich Connecticut, where they are active members of the local Chabad House

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