Harry was born in Atherton, California. His parents were industrialists Hovsep Haroutian and Carrie Leidesdorff. He is of Armenian descent from his father’s side and mixed race from his mother’s.
During the 1970s and 1980s Harry was involved with the family business while developing an interest in visual arts and marketing. Upon his parents’ sudden passing in 2001, Harry took over the family business and has been running it since.