Ruth Handler
Name: Ruth Handler
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Gender: Female
Birth Day: November 4, 1916
Death Date: Apr 27, 2002 (age 85)
Age: Aged 85
Birth Place: Denver, United States
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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Ruth Handler

Ruth Handler was born on November 4, 1916 in Denver, United States (85 years old). Ruth Handler is an Entrepreneur, zodiac sign: Scorpio. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: $100 Million.


She was dissatisfied with the breast prosthesis she received after undergoing a radical mastectomy, so she founded Ruthton Corp. to manufacture more realistic women's breasts called Nearly Me.

Net Worth 2020

$100 Million
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As per our current Database, Ruth Handler died on Apr 27, 2002 (age 85).


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Before Fame

She started Mattel with her husband, using manufacturing scraps to produce dollhouses. Her first bestseller was the Uke-a-doodle toy ukelele.


Biography Timeline


Handler was born Ruth Marianna Mosko in Denver, Colorado, to Polish-Jewish immigrants Ida Mosko (née Rubenstein) and Jacob Mosko. She married her high school boyfriend, Elliot Handler, and moved to Los Angeles in 1938. Her husband decided to make their furniture out of two newfound types of plastics, Lucite and Plexiglas. Ruth Handler suggested that he start doing this commercially and they began a furniture business. Ruth Handler worked as the sales force for the new business, landing contracts with Douglas Aircraft Company and others.


Once home, she reworked the design of the doll and named her Barbie after the Handlers' daughter, Barbara. Barbie debuted at the New York toy fair on March 9, 1959, but was not an immediate success. When Disney introduced The Mickey Mouse Club children's television show, Mattel invested heavily in television advertising. The TV commercials for the Barbie doll paid off and Barbie rocketed Mattel and the Handlers to fame and fortune. Subsequently, they would add a boyfriend for Barbie named Ken, after the Handlers' son, and many other "friends and family" to Barbie's world.


Handler was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1970. She had a modified radical mastectomy, which was often used at the time to combat the disease, and because of difficulties in finding a good breast prosthesis, she decided to make her own. With Peyton Massey, Ruth founded, Ruthton Corp., which manufactured a more realistic version of a woman's breast, called "Nearly Me". She personally fitted one for the then first lady, Betty Ford.


In 1974, Handler resigned from Mattel after investigations of producing fraudulent financial reports. In 1978, Handler was charged with fraud and false reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission. She pleaded no contest, was fined $57,000 and sentenced to 2,500 hours of community service. She blamed her illness for making her "unfocused" on her business.


Though the Handlers took a more hands-off approach to their company's business practice after resigning, they continued to create new ideas. One project Handler took in the 1980s was Barbie and the Rockers. She was credited as a writer of the 1987 film Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World. Handler was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1997.


She died in California from complications of surgery for colon cancer on April 27, 2002, aged 85. Her husband Elliot died nine years later at the age of 94.

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Currently, Ruth Handler is 106 years, 2 months and 26 days old. Ruth Handler will celebrate 107th birthday on a Saturday 4th of November 2023.

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