• The Company I Keep

  • My Life in Beauty
  • By: Leonard A. Lauder
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In his much-anticipated memoir, The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies Leonard A. Lauder shares the business and life lessons he learned as well as the adventures he had while helping transform the mom-and-pop business his mother founded in 1946 in the family kitchen into the beloved brand and ultimately into the iconic global prestige beauty company it is today. 

In its infancy in the 1940s and 50s, the company comprised a handful of products, sold under a single brand in just a few prestigious department stores across the United States. Today, The Estée Lauder Companies constitutes one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. It comprises more than 25 brands, whose products are sold in over 150 countries and territories. This growth and success was led by Leonard A. Lauder, Estée Lauder’s oldest son, who envisioned and effected this expansion during a remarkable 60-year tenure, including leading the company as CEO and Chairman. 

In this captivating personal account complete with great stories as only he can tell them, Mr. Lauder, now known as The Estée Lauder Companies’ “Chief Teaching Officer”, reflects on his childhood, growing up during the Great Depression, the vibrant decades of the post-World War II boom, and his work growing the company into the beauty powerhouse it is today. 

Mr. Lauder pays loving tribute to his mother Estée Lauder, its eponymous founder, and to the employees of the company, both past and present, while sharing inside stories about the company, including tales of cutthroat rivalry with Charles Revson of Revlon and others. The book offers keen insights on honing ambition, leveraging success, learning from mistakes, and growing an international company in an age of economic turbulence, uncertainty, and fierce competition. 

©2020 Leonard A. Lauder (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 11-23-20

Enchanting & motivational

I didn’t want to part ways with Mr. Lauder.
I felt a deep connection to him through this book. Will be ordering the book to read it and savor it more. What an incredible man
Mr. Lauder is! Thank you for sharing your heart with the world. The last chapter left me in awe and emotional.
God bless you,Mr. Lauder.


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Where’s the cream?

I admire Leonard Lauder for all he did for the domestic and international beauty industry; this book however is much about his personal life than business anecdotes, lessons and strategies. The book isn’t written well, repeats itself and has many inaccuracies. Mr. Lauder states Merle Norman is defunct. Wrong! As of this writing they are still a viable company. The book misnames a Clinique product as "7th Day Scrub," when it is actually "7 Day Scrub." No loss of admiration for these oversights, but I would have expected better; however, I can’t recommend this book either. It seems haphazardly written like time was of essence. The person reading the book is an absolute, deadpan bore! I don’t know why Mr. Lauder didn’t read it personally or at very least have a woman be the voice of his story and amazing journey. Nonetheless, Mr. Lauder will go down as one of the titans of the beauty industry along with his mother Estee Lauder, Charles Revson, Mary Kay, Helena Rubinstein, Elizabeth Arden, Georgette Klinger, Eve of Rome, Ilona of Hungary, Erno Laszlo, Christine Valmy, Aida Grey, Elizabeth Grady and others. The beauty industry owes you big league Mr. Lauder.

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I loved it and will listen again

This is a great book for anyone in sales. Mr. Lauder “gets it”. He understands the psychology of sales and employees. I wish I could work for Mr. Lauder. His mind and vision fascinate me. I will listen again, and take notes. I highly recommend this book.

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Inspirational & Informative

Narration was perfect, it was as if I was sitting having coffee with Mr Lauder. So much information, it felt like I had been mentored by an icon. Loved the personal stories mixed in with business. So much advice about many different areas if life and business. Going to listen again and take notes this time. Thank you for this book. It was wonderful to know the making of such a great company. Well done!

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Fantastic!

The narration was spot on! The book really opened my eyes to the beauty industry and gave me mad respect for Leonard and Estee Lauder! Really neat story!

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Fantastic story

Great book if you like history, business or a good story. I learned a lot and I’ll leave it to the reader to learn a lot too so no spoilers here.
Impressed with the magnitude of The lauders family accomplishments and perseverance towards goals. Going from private family business to a public company and knowing how to run a successfully company. Hire the best for one thing. Never criticize in writing. Just good old fashioned good ideas and tutelage. I never read books growing up (possibly a little dyslexic) so once I found audible I get in the habit of listening to a book a month and am way better for it. This is an excellent book and probably the one I sent business tips to my son the most from.
Highly recommended!

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phenomenal

the best audible performance ever. phenomenal book...never thought a business history could keep me unable to stop listening but this one did!

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In The Industry

Loved the book! Very relatable to me because I'm in the skincare industry, but teaches you skills potentially for all industries. First to market always wins!

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Great insight and storyline for a growing company.

This book held my attention to the end. I found it interesting as it flowed through multiple decades to tell how vision and hard work wins big. Mr. Lauder's story has something for everyone; personal, business, historical elements, prestige products, marketing, art, philanthropy. Mr. Morey narrates very effectively.

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Beyond my Expectations

Honestly, I am Blown away! I am an Lauder fan and supporter from now on!

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  • Caron Clark
  • 10-29-21

An insightful book!

I loved this book, it starts at the beginning and I felt I was there all the way through building the Lauder empire.
I highly recommend this book fir loads of nuggets of information which I will use as a 61 year old starting a Web Design/Tech empire!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-21

The company I keep

Boring as bay shit. I didn’t even get past the second chapter. Do not recommend