One of the most respected names in the industry, Ralph Lauren, has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning 50 years that began as a sales assistant selling ties. The now 78-year-old has amassed a net worth of $7.2 Billion USD along with a number of accolades and commendations such as the Keys to the City of New York and The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.
The celebrated American fashion god will soon be able to add Honourary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) to the list.
“I warmly congratulate Ralph Lauren on this award that recognizes these efforts and achievements over the past 50 years,” says Antony Phillipson, British Consul General to New York and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America. “In his storied career in fashion, business, and philanthropy, Mr. Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections. As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. In addition, monumental philanthropic efforts, especially in the realm of public health, cancer research and treatment in both the US and the UK, have led to benefits felt by citizens around the world.”
Lauren will be awarded the commendation by a representative of Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony next year, joining the likes of other Americans including Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Bill and Melinda Gates and Ronald Reagan.
Contrary to any first assumptions you may have had, an honourary knighthood does not attribute the recipient with the same titles of a full knighthood, so we won’t be referring to him as “Sir Ralph” any time soon.