Fortune 500: The directors

These six boards steer some of America's most high-profile organizations. We sneaked a seat at the table - and took a few pictures too.

Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder
Feb. 29, 2012, New York City: If there's a luxury beauty brand that has struck a chord with women, chances are pretty good Estée Lauder owns it. The cosmetics giant (No. 290) has stayed youthful over the years by assembling a portfolio of cult labels like La Mer, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, and Jo Malone. Though 62% of revenue came from outside the U.S. last year, North American sales increased 9% -- the region's highest growth in a decade.

Left to right: Rose Marie Bravo, retail and marketing consultant; Jane Lauder, global president and general manager, Origins and Ojon; Paul J. Fribourg, chairman and CEO, Continental Grain; Fabrizio Freda, president and CEO, Estée Lauder Cos.; Barry S. Sternlicht, chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group; Richard D. Parsons, senior adviser, Providence Equity Partners; Aerin Lauder, chairman and creative director, Aerin; style and image director, Estée Lauder brand; William P. Lauder, executive chairman, Estée Lauder Cos.; Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CEO, E.L. Rothschild; Wei Sun Christianson, co-CEO, Asia Pacific, and CEO, China, Morgan Stanley; Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus, Estée Lauder Cos.; Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, senior international partner, WilmerHale; Mellody Hobson, president, Ariel Investments; Richard F. Zannino, managing director, CCMP Capital Advisors; Irvine O. Hockaday Jr., former president and CEO, Hallmark Cards

Note: Each year, Fortune photographs the directors of Fortune 500 companies -- as well as the corporations and institutions they and their executives support with donations or by serving on the boards.
Photographs by floto warner; produced by Alix colow; reporting by Colleen Leahey @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 08 2012: 12:25 PM ET
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