ESTéE LAUDER Biography - Craftmen, artisans and people from other Occupations


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Name: Estee Lauder                                                                   
Born: 1 July 1906                                                                   
Died: 24 April 2004                                                                 
Estee Lauder (born July 1, 1906 - died April 24, 2004) was the co-founder,           
with her husband Joseph Lauder, of Estee Lauder Companies, a pioneering             
cosmetics company. She was born Josephine Esther Mentzer in Corona, Queens, New     
York, the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants. She was the only woman on         
Time magazine's 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th   
century. She was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.                 
She married Joseph Lauter in 1930. They had two sons. Estee divorced Joseph in       
1939, and re-married him in 1942. The couple remained married thereafter until       
his death in 1982. The Lauter family changed their surname to "Lauder" in the       
late 1930s. Her older son, Leonard Lauder, was chief executive of Estee Lauder       
and is now chairman of the board. Her younger son, Ronald Lauder, is a prominent     
philanthropist, a Republican political appointee in the Reagan administration,       
and developer of property in Berlin, among other endeavors.                         
Lauder died in her Manhattan residence of cardiopulmonary failure, aged 97.