Boris and Ināra Teterev are the biggest private culture, education and art philanthropists in Latvia. Teterev family has regularly donated funds to support charitable causes since 1994. Rundāle Palace project is their longest running charity project, which started in 1997. Funds have been invested in restoration and operation of the group of buildings, a fine example of some of the most illustrious 18th-century Baroque architecture found in Latvia and whole of the Baltics.
Boris Teterev is a Latvian philanthropist born on 5 November 1953, in Riga. Educated in Riga Secondary School No. 10 from 1961 to 1971. In 1974, Teterev enrolled in Riga Medical Institute (now called Riga Stradiņš University). After graduation in 1980, Boris Teterev spent nine years working as a medical doctor at Riga City Hospital No. 4 and Riga City Hospital No. 5. In late 1980-ies started his own business, first in Latvia and later also in Russia, and managed different business endeavours until 2008.
In 2010, together with his wife Ināra Teterev founded and still runs a family-managed charity fund, pursuing also his different hobbies.
In 2010, in recognition of his notable efforts in preserving Latvian cultural and historic heritage, Boris Teterev received Certificate of Merit of Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. On 4 May 2011, Teterev was awarded a Three-Star Order.
In 2012, Boris Teterev was given the Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris causa) by Riga Stradiņš University.
In 2014, during Ceremonial Meeting of the Senate of the University of Latvia, marking its 95th anniversary, Boris Teterev was awarded the Honorary Membership of the University. And in 2015, he received the Honorary Benefactor title from the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
In 2015, philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev agreed to become the Goodwill Ambassadors of the European Year for Development, thus promoting the development cooperation.
On 11 November 2015, at a Constitutional Session of the Art Academy of Latvia, philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev were awarded the title of Honourable Members of the Art Academy of Latvia. The philanthropists are the first benefactors in the field of art, design and culture to be awarded the title of Honourable Member by the Academy.
Ināra Teterev is a Latvian philanthropist born on 6 February 1953, in Riga. Deputy Chair of the Board of the Teterev Foundation since 2010, in charge of several dozen of its projects over the years.
In 2010, Ināra Teterev won the title of The Kindest Donor presented by the Latvian Association of Women Entrepreneurs. On 4 May 2011, Ināra Teterev was awarded the Three-Star Order, and in 2012 was given the Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris causa) by Riga Stradiņš University.
Philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev were honoured with Cicero Award at the end of 2011.
On 18 November 2012, during the Ceremonial Meeting of the Riga City Council, both philanthropists were named Rigans of the Year. Teterevs received the Grand Prize of the Latvian Chapter of Dante Alighieri Society the same year.
In 2014, Ināra Teterev was awarded the Honorary Membership of the University of Latvia. In 2015, Ināra Teterev, together with her husband Boris, received the Honorary Benefactor title from the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
On 11 November 2015, for the first time in its history, the Art Academy of Latvia awarded the title of Honourable Member of the Art Academy of Latvia - to the philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev.
Philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev.
Photo: Ieva Čīka, LETA.