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Ralph Lauren

Fashion Designer and Business Executive
Male
Born Oct 14, 1939

Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer and business executive; best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand.

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CHILDHOOD

1939 Birth Born on October 14, 1939.

TEENAGE

1957 17 Years Old Lauren attended day school followed by MTA (now known as the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy), before eventually graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957. … Read More

TWENTIES

1962 22 Years Old From 1962 to 1964 he served in the United States Army and left to work briefly for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before leaving to become a salesman for a tie company.
1964 24 Years Old On December 20, 1964, he married Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in New York City. … Read More
1966 26 Years Old In 1966, when he was 26, he was inspired to design a wide, European-style necktie he had seen Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. wearing, but the idea was rejected by the company for which he worked as not being commercially viable. … Read More
1967 27 Years Old In 1967, with the financial backing of Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label "Polo". … Read More

THIRTIES

1970 30 Years Old In 1970, Ralph Lauren won the Coty Award for his menswear line. … Read More
1972 32 Years Old Ralph Lauren released Polo's famous short sleeve pique shirt with the Polo logo in 1972 and unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women. … Read More
1977 37 Years Old He also gained recognition for his design after he was contracted to provide clothing styles for the movie The Great Gatsby as well as for Diane Keaton's title character in the 1977 feature film Annie Hall.

FORTIES

1984 44 Years Old In 1984, he transformed the Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo House, former home of the photographer Edgar de Evia and Robert Denning, into the flagship store for Polo Ralph Lauren. … Read More
1987 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1987, Ralph Lauren was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.
1989 49 Years Old Lauren co-founded the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown University in 1989 and was a driving force behind the annual Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign which launched in 1994.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2001 61 Years Old In 2001, the Ralph Lauren Corporation launched the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation to support various charitable initiatives around the world, including the New York-based Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. … Read More
2010 70 Years Old In 2010, Lauren was declared Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.
2014 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014, Lauren was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. … Read More
2015 75 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Lauren stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the company in September 2015 but remains its Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer.
2016 76 Years Old As of January 2016, Forbes estimates his wealth at $5.5 billion, which makes Ralph Lauren the 235th richest person in the world. … Read More
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