Kenneth Leventhal & Co. Founder Dies at the Age of 91

Kenneth Leventhal, a CPA and entrepreneur who, after World War II, founded and built one of the largest CPA firm in the U.S., died May 8. He was 91 years old.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Rose Belle Levinson and Julius Leventhal, the family moved to Los Angeles when he was 8 years old. After a hitch in the U.S. Army during World War II, the Airborne infantryman attended UCLA on the G.I Bill. There he met his wife, Elaine Otter, and in 1949, the pair founded Kenneth Leventhal & Company.

He and his wife, Elaine Otter, started Kenneth Leventhal & Co., in the second bedroom of their apartment in 1949. As he began to recruit partners, he pushed the firm to become business experts that specialized in real estate.

As their business grew, the firm moved to various locations in west Los Angeles until 1965, when it moved to Century City. In 1995, the firm merged with Ernst & Young.