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Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifschitz, October 14, 1939, Bronx, New York) is a world-famous fashion designer.

After dropping out of City College of New York, Lauren served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964. He also worked as a Brooks Brothers salesman before purchasing the polo label that he started from Brooks in 1967. He opened his own tie business, Polo Fashions, in 1968. He was able to secure a $50,000 loan from a financial backer, and since then Lauren's "fashion empire" has grown to into a $1 billion business.

In 1964, he married Ricky Low-Beer. They have three children—Andrew, David and Dylan.

Lauren is also well-known as a collector of classic automobiles. His cars have won best in show at the prestigous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance multiple times. His collection was recently displayed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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