Remembering Les Rosenthal



About Leslie Rosenthal


Beginning with his start as a trading floor runner, Leslie Rosenthal made the futures industry his life’s work. He learned the ropes on his way up in the brokerage business and as a floor trader, ultimately founding his own brokerage firm in 1970 and serving two terms as chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade in the 1980s.

Les brought an exceptional breadth of knowledge to his hands-on role at Rosenthal Collins Group. As an industry leader, Les was an early and vocal proponent of introducing financial futures contracts as well as electronic trading. An icon in the futures community, he was in the inaugural class of the FIA Futures Hall of Fame.

Industry Accomplishments

  • Chairman, Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chairman, Board of Trade Clearing Corporation
  • Director, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Director, MidAmerica Commodity Exchange
  • Founding Member, National Futures Association



Rosenthal Collins Group Statement on the Passing of Futures Industry Pioneer Les Rosenthal