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Lauder heads WJC

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-06-11

Ronald Lauder

Ronald Lauder

Cosmetics and media mogul Ronald Lauder has been voted in as the new president of the World Jewish Congress.

At a meeting in New York on Sunday, 63-year-old Lauder beat beat South African steel manufacturer Mendel Kaplan and Israeli writer and political activist Einat Wolf.

Businessman Matthew Bronfman, son of outgoing president Edgar Bronfman was also elected as new chairman of the organisation's governing board.

"This is such an important organisation," Lauder said. "Let's do everything we can to make this what it was, glorious."

As well as his commercial interests, Lauder has been active in promoting Jewish life. Since establishing the Ronald S.  Lauder Foundation in 1987, Lauder has been helping to rebuild Jewish communities in central and eastern Europe.

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