Raffaele Riva on how to build a successful business

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Raffaele Riva is an international businessman known for his expertise in financial products and services, such as asset management, estate and wealth planning, real estate, trusts, and international transactions and investments.

As founder and head of the AUREA Multi Family Office, along with its subsidiary companies, Aurea Consulenti Associati SA, Aurea Gestioni Patrimonialia SA, Milano Fiduciaria, and BGB AUREA Ltd., located in Switzerland, Italy, and the U.K.,  Riva is an expert in international business.

Riva gained his expertise and knowledge in the years between 1997 and 2008, during which he founded and launched several start-ups, overseeing their management and daily operations. He also served as a senior executive for a multinational corporation and its subsidiaries in Canada, Western Europe, South Africa, and Latin America.

Additionally, he worked as an accountant and auditing specialist for a Big 4 company in Italy and the U.K., where he mastered skills in executing and negotiation international contracts and investments.

As a prominent international figure, Riva is often looked up to by up and coming entrepreneurs wishing to follow in his footsteps.  When questioned about his formula for success, he responds in a straightforward, nonchalant manner: “Do what you like and makes you feel better, believe in it, and never fear of failure.”

An irrepressible optimist who describes himself as “insatiably curious,” he also advises entrepreneurs to “Always think positive and to be kept up-to-date. Be curious to learn in any circumstance. Read a lot and everything; watch and listen to any topic of interest.”

But, above all, Riva stresses the importance of taking action and following through on your entrepreneurial vision. “Everyone has his or her business idea and his or her own roadblock,” he notes. “Take the first vital step and just do it!”

Riva’s philosophy of life is simple, and his habits and approach to business reflect that simplicity. By remaining present and alert, he lets his life experiences guide him and influence his professional decisions. By reading “everything” and keeping abreast of the latest trends in technology and international affairs, he discovers new possibilities for growing his business.

By surrounding himself with other trustworthy and successful entrepreneurs and maintaining solid professional partnerships with key players in diverse business sectors across different parts of the world, he is able to make well-informed entrepreneurial decisions that take many points of view into account.

While Riva remains always open to investing in new projects and ventures, he is also adamant about remaining loyal to his personal values and priorities, and advises against “putting other people’s priorities ahead of your own.”

He also notes the importance of providing excellent service for his clients, with products that enhance their lives by adding genuine value, which he describes as being the real key to lasting success in any business venture.  “When you wake up each morning asking for more ways to better serve and satisfy your clients,” he advises, “you will dramatically boost your business.”

Riva stresses the importance of living a well-rounded life, enhanced by a variety of personal interests, and pursuing happiness, in keeping with his belief that “a person is rich when he is not scared of becoming poor and not because he has plenty of money.”

A dual citizen of Switzerland and Italy, Riva speaks Italian, French, and English fluently.  He is happily married and enjoys a diverse range of activities, such as skiing, auto racing, boating, and scuba diving.

A connoisseur of wines who is also passionate about arts and culture, he owns an inspiring collection of contemporary art, and is a Benefactor Member in the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Riva is also an avid fan and collector of classic cars, and a member of the Monaco Yacht Club as well as the London Reform Club.