Steven F. Udvar-Házy
Ferenc István Udvarházy
1946 (age 74–75)
|Education||University High School|
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles (BA)|
|Occupation||CEO, Air Lease Corporation|
|Net worth||US$3.9 billion (March 2020)|
Steven Ferencz Udvar–Házy ([ˈudvɒrhaːzi]; born 1946), also known as István or Steve Hazy, is an American billionaire businessman, and the CEO of Air Lease Corporation. He is the former chairman and CEO of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), one of the two largest aircraft lessors in the world (the other being GE Capital Aviation Services). Forbes 400 ranked him as the 179th richest person with a net worth of US$4.1 billion. (Real Time Net Worth – March 1, 2020.) Udvar–Házy is the 3rd richest Hungarian American on the list after Thomas Peterffy and George Soros, before Charles Simonyi.
Udvar-Házy was in his 20s during the later part of transition from propeller aircraft to jets during the mid to late 1960s, and realized that the higher capital investment required to purchase jet aircraft created an opportunity for a leasing business. He founded ILFC with fellow Hungarian Leslie Gonda and his son Louis Gonda in 1973, leasing a single used Douglas DC-8 to Aeroméxico. He left ILFC in February 2010 and founded Air Lease Corporation.
Udvar-Házy gave a US$66 million grant to the Smithsonian Institution that allowed the U.S. National Air and Space Museum to build the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center annex at Washington Dulles International Airport. The annex houses more than 120 aircraft and 140 space-exploration exhibits as of 2006, and also includes the Space Shuttle Discovery. Plans call for eventually installing over 300 aircraft.
The Udvar-Házy family contributed funds to build the Christine and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Library and Learning Center at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus. The business building at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah is named after his parents.
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