Ralph Lauren Quotes. Ralph Lauren was born as Ralph Lifshitz on October 14, 1939 to Fraydl (Kotlar) and Frank Lifshitz, Jewish immigrants from Belarus. He attended Salanter Academy Jewish Day School, which today has been changed into Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, then went to DeWitt Clinton High School. He was once asked during high school what he wanted to be when he grew up and Lauren spontaneously answered that he wanted to be a millionaire.
Because his original family name contained an unfortunate word in English, Lauren’s brother, Jerry, who also was his guardian at that time, changed their name into Lauren. Lauren made this clear when there were accusations pointed to him that he changed his family name mainly because he didn’t want to be identify as Jewish.
Ralph Lauren Quotes :
“I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.”
Even though Ralph Lauren has gained success in fashion industry, he never actually went into any fashion school. He went to Baruch College to study business before he served United States Army.
Returning from war, Ralph Lauren started his carrier as a fashion salesman for Brook Brothers. He finally purchased the brand Polo from Hilton and started his Polo business. Today, Ralph Lauren owns 35 boutiques all over the United States and has won some awards and received some recognitions for his achievements. The latest recognition he received was from President Nicholas Sarkozy as Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur.
Salary and bonus: $15.1 million
Other compensation: $7 million
Stock Gains: $7.9 million
One-year total compensation: $30.1 million
Wealth: $5.8 billion (2011 by Forbes)
With $5.8 billion of wealth, Ralph Lauren is now the 173rd richest person in the world.
Ralph Lauren is also famous for his passion for sport luxury cars. He has a private collection Ralph Lauren Sports Cars of approximately 70 automobiles which mostly kept in New York. His cars also have been shown for several times in various exhibitions. His cars also have won Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for many times. Among his collections are 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas, Porsche 997 GT3 RS, 1996 McLaren F1s, 1929 Blower Bentley, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics, 1930 Mercedes-Benz CountTrossi SSK, Bugatti Veyron, and 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia.
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