Ted Lerner

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Theodore N. Lerner
Born (1925-10-15) October 15, 1925 (age 88)
Residence Chevy Chase, Maryland
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Alma mater A.A. The George Washington University
L.L.B. The George Washington University Law School
Occupation Managing Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals and Managing Principal Owner of Lerner Enterprises
Net worth Steady$4.00 billion (Sept 2013)[1]
Religion Orthodox Judaism
Spouse(s) Annette M. Lerner
Children Mark D. Lerner
Debra Lerner Cohen
Marla Lerner Tanenbaum
Parents Ethel Lerner
Mayer Lerner

Theodore N. "Ted" Lerner (born October 15, 1925 in Washington, DC) is an American real estate developer, managing principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team, and founder of the real estate company Lerner Enterprises, the largest private landowner in the Washington, DC area, with a wide portfolio of commercial, retail, residential and hotel properties, as well as Chelsea Piers in New York.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Lerner was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in Northwest Washington D.C.,[3][4] the eldest of three children born to Mayer, a 1921 emigrant from Palestine, and Ethel, who emigrated from Lithuania.[3] He has one brother Lawrence and one sister, Esther.[3] He attended Raymond Elementary School, McFarland Junior High, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1944.[3] He then served with the U.S. Army as a typist during the tail end of World War II.[3] He then went on to attend George Washington University via the G.I. Bill where he received first an Associate of Arts and then in 1949, he graduated with a L.L.B. from The George Washington University Law School.[3] While in law school, he sold homes on the weekends which picqued his interest in real estate.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1952, he borrowed $250 from his wife and founded the real estate company Lerner Enterprises in Rockville, Maryland.[1] It operates primarily throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolis. Lerner Enterprises is the largest private landowner in the Washington, D.C. region.

Among the Lerner Enterprises ventures is a partnership in Chelsea Piers, a 30-acre (120,000 m2) sports and entertainment complex on the Hudson River in New York City; the Tysons II commercial development; shopping centers including White Flint and Dulles Town Center; and thousands of homes and apartments, along with numerous office buildings. Lerner also played a role in developing other shopping centers in the Washington area, including Tysons Corner Center and Wheaton Plaza.

Lerner Corporation, a closely held corporation but not a "close corporation" within the meaning of Maryland corporation law, was organized in 1965. It was authorized to issue ninety-five shares of no-par common stock. Theodore acquired seventy shares, and Lawrence acquired twenty-five shares. Theodore was president and one of three directors. Prior to September 1983, Lawrence was secretary and a director.

The brothers' relationship deteriorated, and in September 1983, Theodore caused Lawrence to be removed as an officer and director. Lawrence sued Theodore, Theodore undertook to "freeze-out" Lawrence as a stockholder, and Lawrence brought an action to enjoin the freeze-out. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's entry of a preliminary injunction. See Lerner v. Lerner, 306 Md. 771, 511 A.2d 501 (1986).[5] Prior to trial of that case, however, the brothers entered into a settlement agreement dated October 16, 1987 (Settlement Agreement or the Agreement). The Settlement Agreement provided that (1) Theodore would remain the chief operating officer of Lerner Corporation, (2) Lawrence would no longer be involved actively in Lerner Corporation but would continue to receive shareholder distributions, and (3) Theodore would have permission to use the resources of Lerner Corporation to benefit his other financial projects.[6]

The headquarters of Lerner Enterprises in Rockville, MD was the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certified multi-tenant commercial building in the D.C. area and has been the recipient of multiple design and environmental awards.[7]

Washington Nationals[edit]

The Washington Nationals franchise was formerly owned and operated by Major League Baseball from February 15, 2002, until the official transfer of ownership on July 24, 2006.[8] The Lerner Family is the majority owner of the franchise, controlling over 90% of the shares.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment[edit]

The Lerner Family is also a partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NHL Washington Capitals, WNBA Washington Mystics, NBA Washington Wizards, and Verizon Center.

Philanthropy and accolades[edit]

The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation provides support to many organizations, including: Food and Friends; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; Hadley's Park; the Weizmann Institute of Science; the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Washington; YouthAids; Junior Achievement of the Greater Washington Area; the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, among many others. Ted and his wife Annette are founding members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The American Academy of Achievement awarded Ted Lerner the Golden Plate Award of Excellence in 1990.[9]

The campus of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD is named in his and wife's honor after a multi-million dollar donation to the school.

The lunch room in the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy was donated by the Lerner Family. The family has also donated the Lerner Family Health and Wellness Center and Theodore Lerner Hall at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Along with the Lerner Center at Hebrew University in Israel.

The family donated the theater at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD.

Notable achievements include:

Personal life[edit]

On June 17, 1951, he married Annette M. Lerner. They have three children: Mark D. Lerner (married to Judy Lenkin), Debra Lerner Cohen (married Edward L. Cohen) and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum (married Robert K. Tanenbaum).[10] Ted Lerner has nine grandchildren.

His daughter, Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, is president of The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation and chair of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. The family are the sole owners and heirs of Lerner Enterprises. They own the vast majority of the Washington Nationals.

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