Richard LeFrak – Family, Family Tree

by Krishna Prasad

Richard LeFrak is an American business tycoon who is the chairman and CEO of New York based real estate company LeFrak. Lefrak is a family held private company and has immense presence in New York. Richard was born in 1945 in New York City and holds his educational degree from Columbia University and Amherst College respectively. Richard owns, develops, and manages real estate. His net worth is around USD 6.5 billion as per October 2015. Richard was born in a Jewish family and is one of four children of Ethel Stone.

Richard LeFrak

Lefrak became the president of Lefrak real estate business firm in the year 1975, 7 years after his joining. Richard is married to Karen Tucker, who is children’s author. They live in New York and Southampton. They are blessed with two children James and Harrison.

Richard LeFrak’s Family: Parents

Samuel J LeFrak was the father of Richard Lefrak who was an American real estate tycoon. Samuel was born in 1918 in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Erasmus Hall High School. He graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 1940. Samuel married Ethel stone in 1941 and they had four children. He chaired Lefrak organization and is recorded as one of the most influential landlords.

Richard LeFrak Father

His company was listed 45th in the Forbes list of top 500 companies. He was honored by United Nation for his contributions through habitat international. Samuel J LeFrak died in the year 2003. After his death, Richard led his company LeFrak organization.

Richard’s wife: Karen Tucker

Karen Tucker

Karen Tucker is children’s author. She is a creative and philanthropist American. Tucker is a graduate from Holyoke College and Hunter College. In 2010, the Hunter College Alumni Association elected Karen to the Hunter College Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding achievement. Karen tucker has continued as an active board associate of the Central Park Conservancy for which she was acknowledged with the Frederick Law Olmstead award after completing her term as President of the Women’s Committee.

Richard LeFrak Family

Mrs. Karen Tucker LeFrak was a co-chairman of the American Kennel Club’s DOGNY project which has raised USD 2 million for the search and rescue of dogs in United States. She has written three children’s book including Best in Show, which was published in 2011. Jake the Philharmonic Dog and Jake the ballet Dog are the other two books written by her. The proceedings of the book will be donated to the AKC Canine Health Foundation and to Take the Lead.

 

Richard’s Son: Harrison and James

Richard’s Son: Harrison and James

James Tucker LeFrak was born in 1973 to Richard and Karen. James is the managing director and vice-chairman on Lefrak. James married to Susan Caroline Bierbaum in the year 2009. James lives in Southampton from where he manages his business. James is the younger son of Richard. Harrison Tucker LeFrak was born in 1971 and is the elder brother of James Tucker LeFrak. He is the vice-chairman and managing director of Lefrak, the company owned by his father. Harrison lives in Manhattan from where he manages his business.

 

Legacy

Richard LeFrak Legacy

Richard along with his father Samuel is known out to be the most influential figures in New York tri state areas. Lefrak’s legacy continues since 1883 when it was established in France by Richard’s great grandfather Maurice. The company was established in US in 1905 by Maurice’s son Aaron. The company is well known for LeFrak City which was built in 1959 by Richard’s father Samuel. It is a 5000 unit apartment complex in Queens. Richard and family were listed at 73rd rank in Forbes 400 list in the year 2016.

Net Worth

Richard LeFrak is an American business tycoon has a net worth $6.4 billion