After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1958, Mr. Lenfest practiced law at the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell before joining Triangle Publications, Inc. to serve as an associate counsel to Walter Annenberg in 1965. In 1974, he formed a new company with the purchase of two cable television companies from Triangle, which became Lenfest Communications, Inc. In 2014, Mr. Lenfest became the sole owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com before donating these news organizations to The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, formerly known as the Institute for Journalism in New Media, in 2016.
Mr. Lenfest has served and continues to serve on many boards, including the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Board, Columbia University Board of Trustees, Temple University Board of Trustees, and the Curtis Institute of Music.
He and his wife, Marguerite, are incredibly invested in their philanthropy work, generously donating substantial time and funding to several institutions, including Columbia University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and the Lenfest College Scholars program. They reside in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania and together, they have three children and four grandchildren.