1945 (age 72–73)|
New York City
B.A. Amherst College|
J.D. Columbia University
|Net worth||US$6.5 billion (October 2015)|
James Tucker LeFrak|
Harrison Tucker LeFrak
Samuel J. LeFrak|
Richard S. LeFrak (born 1945) is an American businessman. He is chairman and CEO of LeFrak, a privately held, family-run company based in New York City that owns, develops, and manages real estate. He is one of the biggest landlords in the NY tri-state area.
Early life and education
LeFrak was born in 1945 to a Jewish family in New York City, one of four children of Ethel Stone and real estate developer Samuel J. LeFrak. LeFrak received a B.A. and graduated cum laude from Amherst College. LeFrak also holds a J.D. from Columbia University. In 1998, LeFrak received an honorary doctorate degree from Amherst College.
LeFrak joined his family's real estate firm, LeFrak, in 1968. In 1975 he was appointed president. In 2003, he was elected chairman and CEO following the death of his father, Samuel J. LeFrak. In 1986 LeFrak and his father began building in Jersey City, New Jersey on the site of abandoned piers and rail yards. The area is now known as Newport, a 600-acre neighborhood with 8 office buildings, 13 apartment towers, 2 hotels, an urban beach, schools, a retail mall, and parks.
LeFrak is also credited with leading the LeFrak organization’s expansion and diversification outside of the New York area. In 2008 the company purchased a 12-story office building on Hollywood Boulevard as well as a medical building in Beverly Hills, California. In 2012 LeFrak purchased a stake in a South Beach, Miami luxury mixed-use property, including a hotel formerly known as the Gansevoort. The project is expected to open in early 2014 as the eco-minded 1 Hotel Homes.
Boards and accolades
LeFrak currently sits on the board of directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and is a member of the board of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History. From 1995 to 2007, he was a board member of Smith & Wollensky. Previously, he served on the board of trustees of Amherst College and Trinity School; was a member of the New York State Banking Board; and served as director of BankUnited, Florida.
In 2017, St. Joseph's Chapel, the Catholic September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center, located in the Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City, was threatened with closure due to the St. Peter's parish's reluctance or inability to pay a tripling of its rent by a management company run by LeFrak corporation and partners.
- James Tucker LeFrak (born 1973) - vice-chairman and managing director of LeFrak. In 2009, he married Susan Caroline Bierbaum.
- Harrison Tucker LeFrak (born 1971) - vice-chairman and managing director of LeFrak.
- Forbes: The World's billionaires: Richard LeFrak October 2015
- "Richard LeFrak - Forbes"
- Jerusalem Post: "The world's 50 Richest Jews: 41-50 Richard LeFrak" July 9, 2012
- New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths LEFRAK, SAMUEL J." April 18, 2003
- New York Times: "Samuel J. LeFrak, Master of Mass Housing, Dies at 85" By ALAN S. OSER April 17, 2003
- Amherst Magazine: "Three new trustees join Amherst College board " Fall 2005
- New York Times: "Jersey City Development, Begun in ’86, Enters Final Phase" By Charles V. Bagli April 30, 2012
- The Real Deal: "LeFrak, Christie open NJ waterfront park" By Adam Fusfeld May 3, 2012
- Bloomberg Businessweek: "LeFraks' Sudden Craving For L.A. Real Estate" By Christopher Palmeri August 27, 2008
- Hospitalitynet: "Gansevoort Miami SOuth Beach Purchased by Starwood Capital Group, LeFrak Organization and Invesco" February 2, 2012
- Miami Herald: "Former Gansevoort to relaunch as eco-focused 1 Hotel" By Hannah Sampson February 7, 2013
- One Hotels & Homes South Beach Website
- Commercial Observer: "The Sixth Annual Power 100" Archived 2013-05-10 at the Wayback Machine. April 24, 2013
- Commercial Observer: "The 2012 Real Estate Power 100" May 8, 2012
- Commercial Observer: "The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate" May 3, 2011
- Commercial Observer: "Power 100: The Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate" May 11, 2010
- Commercial Observer: "The Power 100: The Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate" June 3, 2009
- Commercial Observer: "The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate" May 14, 2008
- American Museum of Natural History: "Board of Trustees" June 5, 2013
- American Museum of Natural History: "Gift from LeFrak Charitable Foundation Supports NYC School Visits" October 5, 2012
- New York Presbyterian: "$3 Million Gift Establishes LeFrak Center for Robotic Surgery" May 28, 2009
- "Chapel that served 9/11 first responders could shutter", New York Post, April 9, 2017.
- "Chapel That Survived Sept. 11 Attacks May Not Survive Rent Increase", New York Times, April 18, 2017.
- New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths TUCKER, PAULINE" August 28, 2002
- Karen LeFrak website retrieved April 30, 2012
- Businessweek: James LeFrak retrieved December 31, 2012
- New York Times: "Caroline Bierbaum, James LeFrak" October 16, 2009
- Businessweek: Harrison LeFrak retrieved December 31, 2012
- "Image# 201712119089169257". www.fec.gov. Federal Elections Commission. December 11, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2018.