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Ronald Stephen Lauder

Ronald Stephen Lauder, American investor. Certified University Brussels, 1966.


  • Lauder, Ronald Stephen was born on February 26, 1944 in New York City. Son of Joseph H. and Estee (Josephine) (Mentzer) Lauder.

  • Education

    • Degree in French Literature, University Paris, 1964. Bachelor of Science in International Business, University Pennsylvania, 1965.


    • With Estee Lauder, Inc., Brussels, Paris, New York City, 1965-1983. Chairman Estee Lauder International, Inc. & Clinique Laboratories Inc.

      Deputy assistant secretary for European & North Atlantic Treaty Organization policy United States Department Defense, Washington, 1983-1985. United States ambassador to Austria United States Department State, Vienna, 1986-1987. Chairman, president Lauder Investments, Inc.

      Private investor Eastern and Center Europe. President The World Jewish Congress, since 2007. Board directors Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

      1968-2009; founder, chairman Center European Development Corp. Chairman Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. Yeoman 2/C, Coast Guard Reserve, 1966.

    Major achievements

    • Certified University Brussels, 1966.


    • Author: Fighting Violent Crime in America, 1985.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Judaism


    Member New York State Economic Development Board, 1972-1978. Finance chairman New York State Republican Committee, 1979-1982. Chairman 500 Club of New York Republican Committee, 1979-1983, New York State Senate Advisory Commission on Privatization, 1991-1993, New York State Research Council on Privatization, New York State Privatization Commission, 1995.

    Founder Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, 1983. Trustee Museum Modern Art, New York City, since 1975, chairman since 1995. President Neue Galerie, New York City, since 2001, Jewish National Fund.

    Trustee, Mount Sinai Medical Center, since 1981. Republican candidate, Conservative nominee for Mayor of New York City, 1989.



    Old Masters; 19th and 20th century art, especially German.


    • Married Jo Carole Knopf, July 8, 1967. Children: Aerin Rebecca, Jane Alexandra.
    • father: Joseph H. Lauder
    • mother: Estee (Josephine) (Mentzer) Lauder
    • spouse: Jo Carole Knopf
    • children: Aerin Rebecca Lauder
    • Jane Alexandra Lauder
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    Born February 26, 1944
    (age 73)
    • 1964
      University Paris
    • 1965
      University Pennsylvania
    • 1965 - 1983
      With Estee Lauder
      Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium
    • 1983 - 1985
      deputy assistant, secretary for European & North Atlantic Treaty Organization policy United States Department Defense
      Washington, United States
    • 1986 - 1987
      United States ambassador, to Austria United States Department State
      Vienna, Virginia, United States
    • 2007
      president, The World Jewish Congress
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