Leonard I. Green (1934-2002) was a pioneer in the leveraged buyout industry and a champion of the arts. Leonard founded Leonard Green & Partners, the West Coast’s largest buyout firm, in 1989. Outside of a successful business career, Leonard was an active philanthropist and a champion of the arts. In 1986, Leonard became a founding director of the Los Angeles Opera where he later served as President, Chief Executive, and Chairman of the Board. The Green Foundation seeks to preserve and enhance Leonard’s philanthropic vision by focusing on Community Services, Education and The Arts.