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Ralph Lauren is famous for being a fashion designer. His birth is in the year 1939 on Fourteenth of October. He is an American based designer and top level business executive. He became famous for his range of clothing brand called Polo Ralph Lauren collection.

When Ralph was a school boy he used to work part time and save up money so that he could afford suit. He finished his schooling in 1957 from the DeWitt Clinton High School. In his school years he used to sell ties to his fellow school mates.

Even as a child he aspired to become a millionaire one day. When Ralph turned 16 he changed his last name to Lauren. He studied business at City College. However he had to take a two years break when he went to serve the American army. He came back from serving the army in 1964 and got married the same year to Ricky Anne Low-Beer. Now they have two sons and one daughter. He was a salesman for some time and worked under Brooks Brothers. Finally in 1967 with the help of Norman Hilton, Ralph opened his first store of neckties named “Polo”. He designed all the ties by himself.

His first big achievement was the COTY award that he won for menswear line in 1970. He also launched a new range of suits for women. This was his first collection of Polo emblem. He released Polo shirts with their logo and it was a huge hit. This look was given a boost when Ralph was asked to work as a designer in the movie The Great Gatsby.

The first flagship store for Ralph Lauren opened in 1984. Ralph had transformed the home of Edgar de Evia and Robert Denning into his store. Ralph Lauren officially became a public company in 1997. It started trading in NY stock exchange and had a brand name RL. They expanded and progressed as the leading designer store. By 2007 they had more than thirty five franchise all over United States. As of now the net worth of the company is 4.6 Billion dollars. According to Forbes magazine he is the 173rd richest man in the world.

Tags: fashion designer, brand

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 17 January '11

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