Mortimer B. Zuckerman is the co-founder of Boston Properties Inc., of which he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1970 to 2015 and as Chairman Emeritus until 2020. He is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report and former Chairman and Publisher of the New York Daily News. He is the benefactor of the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute of Columbia University and the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program of Israel and the United States.
He is a trustee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a member of the Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Vice Chair and Treasurer of the International Peace Institute. He is a sponsor of the Zuckerman Fellows at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a former Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a former lecturer of City and Regional Planning at Yale University, a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the former Chairman of the Principal’s International Advisory Board of McGill University. He is a former trustee of New York University and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. He is a former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and served as President of the America-Israel Friendship League.
Mr. Zuckerman is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal where he received an undergraduate degree in 1957 with first class honors and a degree in law in 1961. He also received an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania in 1961 and an LLM from Harvard University in 1962.
Mr. Zuckerman has received honorary doctorate degrees from Colby College, Southampton College, Hebrew College, Berkeley College, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Hebrew University, and the Weizmann Institute. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from McGill University and from Columbia University. Other awards include the George Wise Medal from Tel Aviv University and the Highest Honor Medal from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Mr. Zuckerman was awarded the Commandeur De L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall, the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architecture in New York, the Sy Syms Humanitarian award from Yeshiva University and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Canadian government. In 2016, he was named a Guardian of Jerusalem.