Nicolae Rațiu is Chairman of the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, President of the Rațiu Democracy Centre, Managing Director of Regent House Properties Ltd., and senior advisor to the family’s Bellerive group of companies in UK, France, and Romania, with a major portfolio in real estate development and investment. Educated in the United Kingdom at Marlborough College, and New York University in the United States, with a BSc in Marine Transportation and Economics.
Nicolae is the younger of two sons of the former Romanian politician Ion Rațiu. Born in Davos, Switzerland, Nicolae became more involved in Romanian issues in his early 40s in 1990 after the collapse of communism when his father returned to Romania to run for the presidency. His principal responsibility alongside his father was the founding of the COTIDIANUL daily newspaper and itssupporting printing company.
As Chairman of The Rațiu Foundation, a British registered charity with its headquarters in London, Nicolae chairs a board which awards annually up to 100 grants, worth c. GBP 200000, in a wide variety of fields of study, research, and travel. Funding for projects is today focused more on civil society and democracy-related initiatives.
A businessman and philanthropist, alongside the Rațiu Foundation, Nicolae is also a trustee of a number of further charities in Romania and the UK, amongst which are The Romanian Cultural Centre in London, Pro Patrimonio (The National Trust of Romania), ADEPT, and The Relief Fund for Romania.