Leslie Gonda is a business man and entrepreneur and Holocaust survivor who moved to South America after the Holocaust, beginning a local wares business. Over time, he grew, beginning local businesses and branching into hotels and the aircraft industry. Ultimately, he moved to Los Angeles, United States and started ILFC, the second largest airliner leasing company in the world and pioneer of aircraft leasing. Along with his son, Louis Gonda, he achieved a large amount of success, being named among Forbes list of richest American billionaires. In later years, he has encountered financial difficulties.