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# 315 Ralph Lauren $6.51B

Random fact: Told Oprah he never played polo, "but I sort of wished I had."


Lauren is the founder and largest shareholder of Ralph Lauren Corp., a fashion design and retail business. The New York-based seller of branded merchandise such as Polo and Club Monaco had revenue of $6.2 billion in the year to March 2020. The retailer also sells home products, such as paint, and accessories and fragrances.

As of :
Last change +$97.1M ( +1.5%)
YTD change -$657M ( -9.2%)
Industry Consumer
Biggest asset Cash
Citizenship United States
Age 80
Wealth Self-made
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Ralph Lauren's net worth of $6.51B can buy ...

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of the GDP of the United States
of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world
of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
of the top 200 U.S. executives’ total awarded compensation
of U.S. existing home sales
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The majority of Lauren's fortune is derived from his 33% stake in his namesake clothing business.

Lauren's shares -- most of which carry 10 times the voting power of those held by minority investors -- are held directly and through trusts, according to the 2020 proxy statement. These include restricted stock units that have vested and shares held in the name of family members.

Cash holdings are calculated based on an analysis of proceeds from insider transactions as well as taxes and market performance. 


Birthdate: 10/14/1939
Family: Married, 3 children

Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz in 1939, in the Bronx, New York, one of four children of Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. After high school and the army, he started selling neckties and shirts of his own design, opening his first boutique in 1971. Lauren was inspired by classic Brooks Brothers designs, and adopted a sporty aesthetic to craft his own preppy style.

He had opened 130 outlets around the world by 1994, the year he sold a 28 percent stake of Polo Ralph Lauren -- which became Ralph Lauren Corp. -- to Goldman Sachs for $135 million. An initial public offering three years later raised $767 million. Since then, Lauren has continued to reduce his stake as he invests in real estate, classic cars and other undisclosed assets.

Lauren, who survived a brain tumor in the 1980s, is married with three children. He stepped down as chief executive officer in November 2015. His younger son, David, serves as a senior vice president at Ralph Lauren Corp.

  • 1939 Ralph Lauren is born in the Bronx borough of New York City.
  • 1968 Founds his company with $50,000 from partner Norman Hilton.
  • 1972 Ralph Lauren's polo shirt makes its debut.
  • 1981 Company opens its first store abroad, on London's Bond Street.
  • 1989 Ralph Lauren's Polo flag sweater makes its debut.
  • 1994 Lauren sells a 28 percent stake to Goldman Sachs for $135 million.
  • 1997 Raises $767 million in an initial public offering in New York.
  • 2015 Announces he will step down as CEO of Ralph Lauren.