Born into the business in 1928, Kaufman became president of the Kaufman Realty Corporation at the end of the 1950s. Under his leadership, the company acquired or built dozens of commercial and residential properties in and around New York City and elsewhere throughout the ensuing decades. The Kaufman Organization now owns or manages more than 7 million square feet of property in New York.
Mr. Kaufman is the Chairman of the Kaufman Organization and has been active in the real estate industry for over 40 years. In this capacity, he is responsible for guiding the company in the development, financing, leasing and overall management of major office buildings, shopping centers, strip malls and residential buildings in the greater New York metropolitan area.
Mr. Kaufman is the owner and President of the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Mr. Kaufman is on the board of trustees of numerous philanthropic and civic organizations including the Whitney Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Real Estate Board of New York, the American Museum of the Moving Image and the New York City Partnership. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Fashion Center Business Improvement District.
Mr. Kaufman served as a lieutenant during the Korean War and holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree from New York University.
Kaufman is survived by his wife, Mariana, and a daughter, Cynthia.