Ralph Lauren, born Ralph Reuben Lifshitz, is Jewish. He was born in the Bronx New York to Ashkenazi Jewish parents who immgrated from Belarus.
In his response to the question, How does a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? He answered -- It has to do with dreams.
In 1970 released a line of women's suits that were tailored in a classic men's style, which was when the first Polo emblem was seen. It was on the cuff of the women's suit.
Ralph Lauren released Polo's famous short sleeve mesh shirt with the Polo logo in 1972. It came out in 24 colors. It became an overnight classic. He also gained recognition for his design after he was contracted to provide clothing styles for the movie The Great Gatsby.
In 1997, Polo Ralph Lauren became a public company, traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol RL. http://finance.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NYSE:RL His keen business sense, ability to stand by his product at all costs and ability to prevail despite several business failures are what make him a man whose net worth is $1 billion.
In 1987, Lauren was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor, and made a full recovery.
Laurne's line of clothing and home collection have the taste and snobbism -- minus the flashiness -- that make the Ralph Lauren/Polo brand timeless.