If drop-out Ralph Lauren could luck out, why not Joe Dahan?
Ralph Lauren has created one of the world’s most successful fashion empires. The Polo Ralph Lauren brand is associated with sporty elite, evoking a "look of English aristocracy" with classic tailoring and taste. Ralph began designing his own neckwear while working for a tie company, and became known at his high school for selling ties to his classmates. He studied business at Baruch College before dropping out, then served in the US Army. He worked as a salesman at Brooks Brothers, and eventually was able to open a necktie store under the Polo label, using the financial backing of Norman Hilton. His career as a fashion designer really took off when the male actors in the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby wore his creations. Forbes estimates Ralph Lauren’s wealth to be $5.8 billion, making Lauren the 173rd richest person in the world.