Ridge Forrester was the eldest son of Eric and Stephanie Forrester. Ridge was a playboy until he met Caroline Spencer and asked her to marry him. But he had one last fling with model Alex Simpson, which was caught on film by Caroline's father, Bill Spencer, Sr. When Ridge wouldn't walk away from Caroline, Bill showed Caroline the pictures on her wedding day. Caroline called things off and befriended Ridge's brother, Thorne Forrester. Meanwhile, Ridge started seeing Brooke Logan, though he wrote Caroline a letter begging for a second chance. Brooke intercepted the letter, and Caroline married Thorne.
Ridge eventually fell for Brooke. But when Brooke chose not to move in, Ridge played a prank by sneaking into Caroline's bed. Tipsy Caroline thought she was making love to Thorne. When Thorne found out, he shot Ridge while under the influence of painkillers and alcohol. Neither Ridge nor Thorne could remember what happened, so Stephanie covered for them and told the police she was shooting at a prowler. Ridge proposed to Brooke, even after Caroline told Ridge she still loved him. Ridge stood by Brooke when Brooke miscarried their baby, but Ridge was thrown when Caroline exposed how Brooke had intercepted her letter. Ridge and his family tried to prevent Thorne from remembering that he had shot Ridge, but, once the truth came out, Caroline felt free to divorce Thorne, and Ridge and Caroline reconciled.
Soon after Ridge and Caroline were married, Caroline found out she was dying of leukemia. Caroline initially kept it from Ridge, though she asked Brooke and doctor Taylor Hayes to watch over Ridge once Caroline was gone. Brooke told a devastated Ridge, who found support from Taylor after Caroline died in Ridge's arms. Brooke had moved on with Eric during Ridge's marriage to Caroline, so Ridge dated Taylor and told her not to marry Brooke's brother, Storm Logan. Taylor felt Ridge was only trying to make himself unavailable to Brooke, so Taylor refused Ridge's proposal. After a breakthrough inventing the wrinkle-free formula BeLieF, Ridge and Brooke made love on the lab floor, unaware hidden cameras were recording everything.
Ridge made love to Brooke again after Stephanie forged a letter saying Eric wanted to leave Brooke. Eric said he'd grant a divorce to Brooke, who wanted to be with Ridge, if Brooke lived with Eric two more months. During this time, Ridge battled with Eric, but also drew closer to a conflicted Taylor. Ridge followed Taylor to St. Thomas and won Taylor over in a romantic proposal. Ridge and Taylor married, though they found opposition by Taylor's jealous ex-husband, Blake Hayes, who had Ridge beaten up and tried to lure RIdge away from Taylor by presenting him with Caroline's long-lost identical twin sister, Karen Spencer. Ridge and Taylor weathered that storm, but, soon after Brooke's divorce was final, Brooke announced she was pregnant and didn't know if Eric or Ridge was the father.
Ridge delivered Brooke's baby, Bridget, with Taylor as a midwife via telephone. Eric's new paramour, nurse Sheila Carter, tampered with Bridget's paternity test, which named Ridge as Bridget's father. Ridge soothed Taylor, who was angered by Brooke's constant presence, especially once Ridge's family tried to sweet-talk Brooke into signing over control of the BeLieF formula. Ridge was also jealous of Brooke's new boyfriend, Connor Davis, who helped Brooke gain 51% of Forrester Creations. Ridge spent time with Brooke, hoping Brooke would return control of Forrester. Ridge playfully pushed Brooke into the pool, horrified when the prank knocked Brooke unconscious.
A frustrated Taylor busied herself by counseling her former mentor, James Warwick. Ridge was livid when Taylor went to Scotland with James to help James confront his father. Later, Taylor and James went to the cabin in Big Bear, which was destroyed in an earthquake. Ridge saved Taylor and James from freezing to death in the debris, but he didn't know that Taylor had made love to James during the ordeal. Taylor confessed in a letter before taking a business trip to the Middle East, but Stephanie kept Ridge from seeing the letter. When Taylor's plane crashed, Ridge once again had to bury a wife and went into a period of mourning.
Brooke was dating James and accepted his proposal until Ridge asked Brooke to marry him instead. Ridge married Brooke in a lavish ceremony on the beach, and together they sailed away on a honeymoon. En route, Prince Omar Rashid introduced himself to the newlyweds and offered them the hospitality of his palace. Ridge and Brooke had no idea that Taylor, whom Omar had rescued and healed from amnesia, was being forced to watch everything from behind a one-way mirror. Taylor saw how happy Ridge was with Brooke and resigned herself to staying behind at the palace and with Omar.
When Taylor's father, Jack Hamilton, had a heart attack, Taylor escaped Omar's palace and returned to Los Angeles in disguise so she could observe an unsuspecting Ridge. But when Ridge was blinded in the Forrester lab, he didn't know Taylor was the "British" hospital volunteer caring for him. When Ridge's sight returned, Taylor revealed herself to Ridge, who was outraged when Omar appeared and claimed Taylor as his wife, "Laila." It turned out neither Ridge's marriage to Brooke nor Taylor's marriage to Omar was valid, and Ridge had the option of resuming his marriage to Taylor, but he ultimately chose to stay with Brooke, and asked Taylor for a divorce.
Stephanie trapped Ridge and Taylor in an elevator together, but the reunion ploy didn't work. Later, a letter turned up that suggested Brooke had fixed Bridget's paternity test. After a new test revealed that Ridge was not Bridget's father after all, Stephanie ordered Brooke to leave Los Angeles. But Brooke went missing, prompting Ridge to conduct an international search for his missing "Logan." Ridge found Brooke in Barbados clutching two "dollies" and calling them her children. Ridge brought Brooke home and stood by her as she recovered from "brief reactive psychosis," which had caused Brooke's break from reality.
Ridge was jealous when Brooke befriended Grant Chambers, and, after he spied a kiss between them, Ridge arranged for Taylor to model the Forrester showstopper and proposed to her on the runway. Brooke rebelled by marrying Grant, although Ridge raced out on his motorcycle to stop the wedding. Ridge was further incensed when Brooke put Grant in a position of power at Forrester. Grant was shot by an unknown assailant and accused Ridge. As Ridge's sentencing approached, Grant confessed to Ridge that Brooke's teenaged son, Rick Forrester, who hated Grant and had descended into a world of heavy metal and violent video games, was the one who pulled the trigger. Rick had a mental block that left him with no memory of the shooting. Ridge agreed to take the blame to protect Rick, and was paroled after Grant asked the court for leniency.While Ridge was in jail, Taylor found out she was carrying Ridge's child. Thorne, who had fallen for Taylor, convinced Taylor to lie that the baby was Thorne's. Brooke also worked with Thorne to keep Ridge and Taylor apart. On Ridge and Brooke's wedding day, Taylor rushed to tell Ridge about the baby, but went into labor in Thorne's car. Once Ridge learned the truth, he was disgusted with both Brooke and Taylor for their deception. Ridge annulled his marriage to Brooke and eventually found his way back to Taylor, who named their baby Thomas after St. Thomas, where Ridge had originally proposed to Taylor.
Ridge found new competition in the form of Pierce Peterson, a hypnotherapist who started working with Taylor. Ridge was initially amused when Taylor underwent hypnosis, resulting in Taylor thinking she was back in the disco days. But Pierce's assistant, Bailey, secretly hypnotized Taylor into desiring Pierce, while Brooke encouraged Pierce's feelings for Taylor. Ridge and Taylor's marriage persevered after Taylor became pregnant with twins. But when Taylor contracted tuberculosis and refused treatment that could harm the unborn children, Ridge almost lost Taylor again during childbirth. Taylor recovered, and Ridge welcomed his daughters, Steffy and Phoebe Forrester.
Years before, Ridge had dated Morgan DeWitt, who returned to Los Angeles and befriended Ridge and Taylor. Ridge didn't know that Morgan was out for revenge on Stephanie, who had forced Morgan to abort Ridge's baby. Through a series of faked e-mails, Ridge believed that Taylor had given him "permission" to impregnate Morgan. Taylor was furious and confronted Morgan, who lost Ridge's baby falling down the stairs. Ridge and Taylor journeyed back to St. Thomas to repair their marriage, and were devastated when Steffy was washed overboard and killed in a shark attack. They didn't know that Morgan had kidnapped Steffy and dyed Steffy's hair so Morgan could raise Steffy as her own. Taylor "left" Ridge, but Ridge figured out that Morgan had imprisoned Taylor and crashed a car into Morgan's house to rescue Taylor and Steffy.
The family was in an uproar over Brooke's involvement with Thorne, so Ridge tricked Brooke into admitting she would always love Ridge, knowing Thorne was in earshot. Brooke then intensified her pursuit of Ridge, so Ridge and Taylor were relieved when Brooke moved to Paris. But when Brooke fell from the Eiffel Tower, Ridge raced to Paris and found out Brooke had been manipulated into leaving Los Angeles by Massimo Marone. During a confrontation with Massimo, Ridge fell onto Massimo's decorative sword and lost enough blood that he needed a transfusion. Stephanie realized that her old flame Massimo was Ridge's father when Eric's blood type didn't match Ridge's.
After Brooke fired Ridge from Forrester Creations for going up against Rick, Ridge accepted Massimo's offer to work at Marone Industries. Ridge bought rival fashion house Spectra Fashions and primed it to compete against Forrester. Ridge also clashed with Taylor over her decision to help Rick's wife, Amber Moore, who was being framed by Eric's ex-wife, Sheila. Taylor tried to talk Sheila down when Sheila went to Eric's house with a gun, but Sheila was startled by Brooke, and both Taylor and Brooke were shot in the ensuing melee. Brooke recovered, but Taylor died in Ridge's arms. The grieving Ridge kept seeing Taylor's face in grief counselor Tricia Quick.Ridge had lacerated his hand in a fight with Deacon Sharpe, and was rendered unable to design. Eric challenged Ridge to a fashion competition in Italy as a way of getting Ridge to regain use of his hand. When Ridge drew close to Brooke again, Massimo told Ridge that he was his father, and tried to push Ridge toward Ridge's ex-sister, Bridget. Ridge and Bridget kissed as an experiment and were thrown by their romantic leanings. Meanwhile, Brooke dated Ridge's new half-brother, Nick Marone. But after Ridge put Brooke in charge of Spectra and renamed it Logan Designs, Ridge and Brooke remarried in the jungles of South America.
Ridge was kidnapped from his hotel room by Sheila, who wanted to extort money from Massimo, the father of her child, Diana. Nick was captured trying to rescue Ridge. But when Brooke and Massimo rushed Sheila, all hell broke loose, and Ridge fell into a furnace. Brooke and Nick's grief over losing Ridge led to lovemaking, which they regretted after Ridge turned up alive. Brooke was forced to admit that she didn't know whether Ridge or Nick was the father of her new baby. After a paternity test named Nick, Brooke reluctantly annulled her marriage to Ridge.Brooke nearly married Nick, but Ridge stopped the wedding when he thought Nick was cheating on Brooke, and set in motion a chain of events that led to Nick and Massimo being arrested by the FBI for shady business dealings at Marone Industries. Brooke gave birth to a boy, whom she named Ridge Jr. (R.J.) after it was confirmed that Ridge was R.J.'s father. Ridge argued with his oldest son, Thomas, over his choices in female companions, and argued with Thorne over the running of Forrester, which caused Thorne to defect to the newly-restored Spectra Fashions.
After Ridge ended Amber's relationship with Thomas, Amber learned of Ridge's former feelings for Bridget and showed Brooke a misleading photo Amber had taken of Ridge and Bridget. Amber trapped Ridge and Bridget in a mineshaft, hoping they would kiss for the hidden cameras. After they were rescued, Ridge fell off a bar stool and hit his head, imparing his memory. Morgan found Ridge, convinced him they were a couple, and spirited him off to Venice, Italy. Morgan saw another chance to have Ridge's baby, and faked a voice mail from Ridge telling Brooke their relationship was over. Meanwhile, Amber had come to Venice to do some soul-searching, and saw Ridge in a clinch with Morgan. Amber confronted Ridge, but alerted Brooke to his whereabouts when Amber realized Ridge had been kidnapped. Brooke helped Ridge get his memory back.
Ridge's family feared for his sanity when Ridge claimed he had seen Taylor. Ridge dug up Taylor's grave and found a wax dummy inside. Taylor revealed herself, telling Ridge how Prince Omar had taken her from the hospital and healed her at his palace in Morocco. Ridge understood that Taylor wanted to resume their marriage but stayed committed to Brooke, even after Ridge's marriage to Brooke was declared invalid. So Stephanie faked a heart attack and said her dying wish was for Ridge to reunite with Taylor. Ridge and Taylor renewed their vows at Stephanie's bedside. After Brooke exposed the ostracized Stephanie, Ridge decided to stay married to Taylor.Ridge disapproved when Thomas married Gabriela Moreno to keep her from being deported and challenged Thomas, who was designing for Spectra, to a fashion showdown. If Thomas won, he could sign Spectra's generous contract, but if Thomas lost, he'd have to annul his marriage and return to college. Ridge set Thomas up to lose by phoning in a few favors. Stephanie discovered she was the sole owner of Forrester, and fired Eric for knowing about it. Ridge retaliated by planning a new company with Brooke. Taylor was upset and kissed Hector Ramirez on New Year's Eve. Taylor not only confessed to Ridge about Hector, but about her long-ago encounter with James Warwick. Ridge handled the infidelity, but felt Taylor was a hypocrite for always judging Brooke's morals while keeping her own questionable secret.
Ridge admitted he was still in love with Brooke, who turned Ridge down for Nick. When Ridge pressed the issue, Brooke blurted out that she wasn't going let another man abandon her the way her father did. Brooke was surprised when Ridge brought Stephen Logan in from Paris to mend fences with her. Later, Brooke was out of it from antianxiety pills and had trouble resisting advances from Ridge, who made love to her anyway. Ridge was horrified to find out he'd unintentionally raped Brooke. Nick pulled a gun on Ridge when he found out. Brooke walked away from Ridge, who collapsed from a heart attack. Stephanie, who had long hated Brooke, worked to reunite Ridge and Brooke for Ridge's sake. But Brooke chose Nick, and, when Brooke got controlling interest in Forrester, she fired Ridge and his family, though she soon relented.
Ridge kissed Brooke on the runway during a Forrester fashion show and flirted with Brooke's sister, Donna Logan, to get a reaction. Nick saw another kiss between Ridge and Brooke and had a drunken one-night stand with Bridget. Brooke left Nick but needed time to consider reuniting with Ridge. Later, when Stephanie accidentally pushed Nick's mother, Jackie Marone, over a balcony railing, Nick's price for keeping Stephanie out of jail was Forrester Creations. Ridge and the Forresters created a new company, Forrester Originals, and Ridge proposed to Brooke during its debut press conference.
Brooke and Ridge were at odds when Rick got involved with Ridge's daughter, Phoebe: Brooke approved and Ridge didn't. During a business trip to Australia, Ridge punched Rick after finding him smooching Phoebe. Brooke was furious with Ridge and broke off their engagement. Ridge briefly dated Genoa City transplant Ashley Abbott. Shane McGrath was also bothering Phoebe, but when Ridge told Shane to stay away, the disturbed Shane pulled out a gun and shot himself. Ridge recalled the criminal record he'd gotten taking the rap for Rick in Grant's shooting, so Ridge disposed of Shane's body, and Stephanie helped Ridge cover his tracks.
Stephanie framed Nick for Shane's shooting and sent Ridge out of the country. But Brooke found out and convinced Stephanie to tell the truth for everyone's sake. Ridge returned, confessed, and went to jail. Only Rick could nullify Ridge's prior record, except Rick didn't remember shooting Grant, so Taylor worked with Rick to uncover the memory. Ultimately, Rick told the court that he had shot Grant to keep Ridge out of jail for Phoebe, although Rick never actually recalled committing the crime.
Ridge moved for custody of R.J. and his half-sister, Hope, after Brooke inadvertently left them alone all night. When Brooke was raped by Andy Johnson, Ridge confronted Andy, who was electrocuted after threatening Ridge with a live electrical wire. Ridge proposed to Ashley, but found his way back to Brooke. Ridge reacted badly when Brooke obsessed over Jack, her biological child with Nick that Taylor had carried. Later, while Eric lay comatose in the hospital with little hope for improvement, an emotional Ridge pulled the plug on Eric, who survived. Later, Taylor dumped Rick over her lingering feelings for Ridge, so Rick confronted Ridge and fell off the Forrester roof in the scuffle.
Rick tried using his paralysis to come between Brooke and Ridge, then got a rise out of Ridge by kissing Ridge's daughter, Steffy. Phoebe raged at Rick in his car and was thrown from it when her attack caused him to crash. Ridge watched his daughter die in his arms, and went ballistic when Rick later continued to see Steffy. Rick and Ridge fought on the roof again, this time with Ridge almost falling over. Rick hesitated, but saved Ridge. Rick confessed to seducing Steffy to get back at Ridge, feeling that Ridge's constant waffling between Brooke and Taylor had given Rick an unstable home life as a child. Ridge recorded the conversation to play for Steffy, who dumped Rick.
Ridge and Brooke remarried at the same beach their first wedding took place, but a clerical error rendered their union invalid. Rick continued antagonizing Ridge, so Taylor gave Ridge an antianxiety pill. Ridge secretly took a few more and made love to Taylor under their influence. Ridge decided to remarry Taylor, so Steffy and Thomas intercepted and faked text messages between Brooke and Ridge to ensure Taylor's wedding. Brooke found out and stopped the ceremony on her horse. Ridge admitted he loved both Brooke and Taylor, but wanted them to resolve their own conflicts in therapy before he chose between them. Ridge remarried Brooke, and finally made peace with Rick.
Ridge and the Forresters created the ugly Dare fashion line in an attempt to sabotage Bill Spencer, Jr., who had taken over Forrester. A despondent Ridge also cut himself smashing a Spencer award and smeared the blood on his face. Ridge played referee as Steffy and Hope battled at work, and as Taylor and Brooke battled over Steffy and Hope. At Hope's graduation party, Brooke mistakenly made love to Hope's boyfriend, Oliver Jones, because everyone was wearing identical costumes and masks and Brooke thought Oliver was Ridge. When Ridge found out, he merely hugged Brooke and forgave her. But Ridge wasn't as understanding when Thomas, who had taken over the Forrester men's line, kissed Brooke on the runway in front of the media. Ridge told Taylor he'd return to her if anything ever happened between Brooke and Thomas.
Computer tech Liam Cooper claimed Ridge was his father, but a DNA test proved otherwise. Thomas' rebellion continued to upset Ridge, who gave Thomas 5% of his Forrester stock in an attempt to appease Thomas. Brooke and Thomas went missing in a plane crash, and Ridge teamed up with Bill to rescue them, finding them on a deserted island. Ridge divorced Brooke and went back to Taylor when Thomas claimed he had sex with Brooke while hopped up on psychedelic berries. At Ridge and Taylor's wedding, Stephanie grudgingly admitted she had bullied Thomas into lying about the sex by promising Thomas her 25% stake in Forrester. Ridge left Taylor at the altar and went right back to Brooke.
Ridge punched Bill after discovering Bill was cheating on his wife with Steffy, while Ridge neutralized a power play by Thorne at Forrester. Ridge also played parent when Eric considered an affair with Jackie over Stephanie's refusal to be intimate. Ridge was unhappy when Rick took up designing with the help of Amber, but Ridge spent most of his time scuffling with Brooke and Taylor over the love lifes of Hope and Steffy, who were in a complicated competition over Liam. As Hope readied to marry Liam in Italy, Ridge squired Brooke through an olive garden and proposed, jokingly wondering if they could handle being married yet again.
A few months later, Ridge and Brooke married for the seventh time at the Forrester mansion, for once with the full support of Stephanie. But Ridge cut the honeymoon short when he discovered that Brooke had lied about sending text messages to Deacon, who wanted to be closer to Hope. Because Ridge and Brooke hadn't filed their license, their marriage wasn't valid. Ridge stayed behind in Europe visiting R.J at boarding school and appointed Thomas interim CEO of Forrester by e-mail.When Stephanie's lung cancer became terminal, she threw a "celebration of life" party, and everyone was surprised when Ridge was a no-show. Stephanie later admitted to Brooke that she had called Ridge and told him not to come, preferring that Ridge not see her in her deteriorating condition. Later, it was revealed that Ridge was living in Paris when he called Steffy to come and visit him there.