Norma Lerner (nee Wolkoff, born 1935/36) is an American billionaire, the widow of Al Lerner, who was the founder of the credit card company MBNA.[1] As of May 2022, her net worth was estimated at US$1.1 billion.[1]

Norma Lerner
Norma Wolkoff

1935 or 1936 (age 88–89)[1]
Al Lerner
(m. 1955; died 2002)
ChildrenRandy Lerner
Nancy Lerner

Early life


She was born Norma Wolkoff, and married Al Lerner in 1955.[1]



From 2006 to 2011, she was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and a member of its executive committee.[2]

She is chair and president of the Lerner Foundation, director of the Cleveland Clinic, co-founder of the Lerner Research Institute, and founder of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.[2]

Personal life


In 1955, she married Al Lerner.[3][4] They were married for 47 years and had two children, business executive Randy Lerner, and Nancy Lerner.[5][6] The Lerners were members of Temple Tifereth-Israel in Cleveland.[5] Lerner is widowed, and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Forbes profile: Norma Lerner". Forbes. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Norma Lerner | Cleveland Clinic". Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  3. ^ Norma Lerner bio Cleveland Clinic Website (accessed April 10, 2010)
  4. ^ CBS Sports: "AL Lerner, Browns Owner, Billionaire Dies" October 23, 2002
  5. ^ a b CBS Sports: "Browns owner Lerner dies at 69" October 23, 2002
  6. ^ McGeehan, Patrick ( April 9, 2004). "MBNA Pressed on Independence of Board". The New York Times.