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.
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.
Married Jo Carole Knopf, July 8, 1967. Children: Aerin Rebecca, Jane Alexandra.