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 he worked for as not being commercially viable. “My given name has the word shit in it” he told Oprah Winfrey. “When I was a kid the other kids would make a lot of fun of me.
Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz October 14 1939 in New York City) is an American fashion designer and business executive best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. He has became well-known for his collection of rare automobiles some of which have been displayed in museum exhibits. As of September 2012 Forbes estimates his wealth at $6.