Samuel J. LeFrak

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Samuel J. LeFrak (February 12, 1918 – April 16, 2003) was an American real estate tycoon. He was a noted landlord who chaired a private building firm, the LeFrak Organization. The LeFrak Organization was also ranked 45th on the Forbes list of top 500 private companies.[1] The development firm is best known for major development projects in Battery Park City, LeFrak City in Queens, and Newport, Jersey City. It was founded in 1883 in France, by Samuel J. LeFrak's grandfather, Maurice.[1]


LeFrak grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Erasmus Hall High School.[2] He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1940,[3] with the University's LeFrak Hall named for him. While at Maryland, he was a brother in the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity. In 1988, LeFrak was honored by the United Nations, along with former President Jimmy Carter, for global contributions through Habitat International. After his death, his son, Richard LeFrak, became CEO of the LeFrak Organization.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1941, LeFrak married Ethel Stone. They had four children:[5][6]

LeFrak died at the age of 85 on April 16, 2003. Funeral services were held at Congregation Emanu-El in New York City.[5]


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