Grandfather founded retail outfit Shoe Corporation of America in 1905. Tom attended Harvard, worked at First National Bank of Boston. Founded private equity shop Thomas H. Lee Co. 1974. Bought Snapple for $140 million in 1992; sold to Quaker Oats for $2 billion 1994. Left Thomas H. Lee Co. 2006, founded Lee Equity Partners; owns stakes in Dunkin' Donuts, Warner Music. Bought teen apparel outfit Deb Shops last October; eyeing financial services companies. Manages fund of hedge funds; Blue Star up 22% a year net of fees since July 2003. Art connoisseur sits on boards of Whitney, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, NYU Medical Center.
Thomas H. Lee is President at Lee Equity Partners. Prior to forming Lee Equity, Mr. Lee served as Chairman and CEO of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THLP”) and its predecessors, which he founded in 1974. Over the past 36 years, Mr. Lee has been responsible for investing in excess of $10 billion of capital in more than 100 transactions. Prior to founding THLP, Mr. Lee was with the First National Bank of Boston, where he was a Vice President and led the high technology lending group. Previously, Mr. Lee was a securities analyst in the institutional research department of L.F. Rothschild & Company in New York.
Mr. Lee serves or has served as a director of numerous public and private companies, including Aimbridge Hospitality, The Edelman Financial Group, Papa Murphy’s International, Mid Cap Financial, General Nutrition Companies, Inc., Metris Companies, Inc., Playtex Products, Inc., Snapple Beverage Corp., Vail Resorts, Inc., Vertis Holdings, Inc., Warner Music Group Corp., and Wyndham International, Inc., among others. In addition, Mr. Lee is currently a Trustee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, Langone NYU Medical Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other civic and charitable organizations. He also serves on the Executive Committee for Harvard University's Committee on University Resources.
Mr. Lee received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.