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Ronald Stephen Lauder, American Investor. Recipient Ordre De Merit, France, 1985, Distinguished Public Svc. medal award Department Defense, 1986; decorated Great Cross of the Order of Aeronautical Merit with White Ribbon, Spain, 1985; Ronald S. Lauder Drawing Gallery at Museum Modern Art named in his honor, 1984.


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


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.


  • Certified University Brussels, 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.


  • Other Interests

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


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

Joseph H. Lauder

Estee (Josephine) (Mentzer) Lauder

Jo Carole Knopf

Aerin Rebecca Lauder

Jane Alexandra Lauder