Leon Black

You all must have heard about the global firm Apollo Global Management. Leon Black is the co-founder and former CEO of that firm. He is an investor by profession. He has also been in controversies, including the alleged $158 million one with Jeffrey Epstein for evading taxes, which eventually led to Leon quitting his post.

Well, how well do you know about Leon Black? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Leon Black’s net worth in 2021, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Leon Black to date.

Biography and Early Life

Leon was born on 31st July 1951 to his parents Eli M. Black (father) and Shirley I. Lubell (mother). His father was a famous Jewish businessman; he emigrated from Poland and was the owner of the renowned United Brands Company. But, unfortunately, and tragically in 1975, Leon’s father committed suicide by jumping off a building. He was under immense pressure due to the ongoing investigations regarding alleged bribing by his company. Leon also has a sister named Judy Black.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Leon Black in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Leon Black’s age is 70 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 31 July 1951. Though, he is 6′6″ in feet and inches and 157 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 130 lbs in Pound and 75kg in Kilograms.


Leon got his initial schooling from Ethical Cultural Fieldston School and Van High School. After that, he completed his AB in Philosophy and History from Dartmouth College in 1973. Later, he also did an MBA from Harvard University in 1975. Interestingly, later Leon even served as the Board of Trustees in Dartmouth College and also gave $48 million for a new visual arts centre.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Leon married Debra Ressler, and she is the sister of Antony Ressler, the Ares Management co-founder. She is herself also a Broadway producer. She is a Melanoma survivor, and they also have four children together. He also had an affair with Guzel Ganieva. This came to the forefront; Guzel alleged sexual harassment and forcible signing of a non-disclosure agreement by Leon.

Leon got into controversy over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. According to Leon, he provided Epstein only with estate planning, tax and philanthropic advice. The review conducted by Dechert LLP gave the finding that Leon has paid around $158 million to Epstein and, using his strategies, evaded over $1.3 billion. He is also a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital and The Asia Society.

Is Leon Black Gay?

No, that is not at all the case. Leon is married to Debra, and they have four children together. So, there is no point in any doubt. Leon’s sexual orientation is Straight.

Professional Career

Leon started his career as an accountant at Peat Marwick and the publisher of Boardroom Reports. He also gave an interview at the Lehman Brothers but wasn’t found suitable for the job. He worked at the Investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert, heading ‘Mergers and Acquisitions’ and ‘Corporate Finance Department’. He was even regarded as the ‘Junk Bond King’ Michael Milken’s right-hand man.

In 1990, he found the private equity firm Apollo Global Management on the same lines as Drexel, along with a couple of other co-founders. Leon stepped down from the post of CEO in 2021 due to his ties with sexual assaulter Jeffrey Epstein. He acquired the Phaidon Press, a book publishing company. He is also the chairman of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital and The Asia Society.


Unfortunately, there is no award as such in Leon Black’s life so far. Instead, he has been in one controversy after the other. Out of his many achievements in the corporate world, he can indeed be considered as Awards.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Leon Black in 2021

Leon has been a very high-earning businessman. His company Apollo Global Management today has assets of more than $300 billion. So, it isn’t surprising that his net worth, too, is estimated at around $10 Billion as of 2021.

Leon Black is a premium investor in the American business. His life started from quite tricky times, as his father died by suicide very early, and he was raised by his mother only. HE did his schooling and also MBA from Harvard University. He entered the corporate world as an accountant and publisher. Over time, he also faced quite rejections, but he got the job at Drexel Banks. He was regarded as the Right-hand man of Michael Milken. After gaining experience, he co-founded the company Apollo Global Management.

He also faced many controversies in life, particularly with Jeffrey Epstein, where he allegedly paid him $158 million to evade his taxes. HE is also a paintings collector and trustee. He is also the chairman of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and owner of Phaidon publishing house. At last, we would like to congratulate Leon on his excellent and varied entrepreneurial career. Yes, but we also need to accept that he faces some severe charges. Whatever, we wish him all the best for his future endeavours.


Facts of Leon David Black

  • Gender Male
  • full nameLeon David Black
  • birthplaceManhattan, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth July 31, 1951
  • Age 72 years 11 months
  • Horoscope Leo
  • Lucky Number 9
  • Lucky Stone Ruby
  • Lucky Color Gold
  • Best Match for Marriage Sagittarius, Gemini, Aries
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionJewish
  • net worth$10 Billion
  • professionFormer CEO of Apollo Global Management, Investor
  • weightIn Kilograms – 75 Kg, In Pounds – 130 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 157 cm, In Feet and Inches – 6′6″
  • hair colorBlack
  • eye colorBlack
  • high schoolEthical Cultural Fieldston School, Van High School

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