Raffaele Riva has earned a name for himself as a highly successful and passionate entrepreneur with a focus on international business, trust investments, estate and wealth planning, asset management, real estate, and related ventures. Riva is the founder and president of AUREA Multi Family Office, a parent company for a variety of organizations in the international business sector that primarily provide financial services such as investment planning, wealth and asset management, accounting, auditing, and similar services for the international business community. These companies include BGB AUREA Ltd., Aurea Consulenti Associati SA, Aurea Gestioni Patrimonialia SA, and Milano Fiduciaria, and Riva maintains an active leadership role at the first three of these firms.
Riva expresses an unrestrained passion for his line of business, and has founded several companies prior to these. Between 1997 and 2008, he founded and launched a number of start-up companies, remaining involved in their management and operation activities. Prior to this he gained valuable experience in international business while running a multinational corporation, through which he was directly involved in the management and operation of several affiliated companies in Canada, Western Europe, South Africa, and Central and South America. He also developed key skills in international financing while working as an accounting and auditing specialist for a “Big 4” firm in Italy and the U.K.
Riva completed a degree in Economics with a focus on accounting, corporate financing, tax law, and mergers and acquisitions, at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, and earned a Dottore Commercialista degree at the same institution, which granted him the necessary qualifications to work as a Public Accountant in Italy. He later completed two post-graduate programs: one in SSQUEA at the Canton Ticino Management Business School, and a second in SUPSI at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.
An energetic and savvy entrepreneur, Riva attributes his success to his passion and enthusiasm for the companies that he’s involved in, his willingness to be led by visionary and innovative ideas and opportunities, and his insatiable appetite for continuously acquiring new knowledge and information and staying abreast of current events. This, he believes, is the key to making well-informed business decisions that respond to current market trends as well as to evolving technological developments that may affect the growth and expansion of his ventures, while also improving life for his clients.
Rivas lets his passion lead the way when it comes to pursuing new business ventures and investing in projects that prove highly satisfying, not only because of their successful financial outcomes, but because they satisfy his personal passion for innovation and add genuine value and benefits to his clients’ lives. He approaches life and business with a “pursue what you love and let life experience guide you” attitude and is committed to maintaining a positive, optimistic mindset, trusting his insights, but also executing rigorous due diligence and follow-through.
An avid reader who loves to stay abreast of the latest economic trends, emerging disruptive technology, and international news and events, Riva takes pride in his ability to remain a curious and passionate lifelong learner. He is also passionate about providing services and products that add real value to his clients’ lives, a point he notes as being central to the long-term success of any business. His advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is simple: “When you wake up each morning asking for more ways to better serve and satisfy your clients, you will dramatically boost your business.”