Philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev. Photo: Ieva Čīka, LETA

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.

Awards and signs of gratitude:

In February 2017, philanthropists  were awarded with the Jurmala City Council prize of gratitude for the contribution to cultural life of Jurmala in 2016. It was granted for the support and coopertation with the Dzintari Concert Hall for unveiling the sculpture of the legendary conductor Arvīds Jansons.

In 2016, Dr.biol. Arvīds Barševskis immortalized the name of the Teterev family by naming the new-found breed of the beetle Acronia teterevi sp.n.

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.

In 2015, the philanthropist Boris Teterev joins the President’s Circle of the Club de Madrid -world’s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government.

In 2015, philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev agreed to become the Goodwill Ambassadors of the European Year for Development, thus promoting the development cooperation.  

In 2015, he received the Honorary Benefactor title from the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

In 2015, the University of Latvia’s Experimental Rhododendron Breeding Nursery "Babīte" received a certificate for a new variety of outdoor rhododendron "Teterevs for Latvia". It is dedicated to Boris and Ināra Teterev, in gratitude for their support of culture science and education.

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. 

In 2012, Boris Teterev was given the Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris causa) by Riga Stradiņš University.

On 4 May 2011, Teterev was awarded a Three-Star Order.

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. 

 

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.

Awards and signs of gratitude:

In 2017, in recognition of the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation’s work in the realm of charity and its contribution to French-Latvian relations, philanthropist Ināra Teterev has been named as a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

In February 2017, philanthropists  were awarded with the Jurmala City Council prize of gratitude for the contribution to cultural life of Jurmala in 2016. It was granted for the support and coopertation with the Dzintari Concert Hall for unveiling the sculpture of the legendary conductor Arvīds Jansons.

In 2016, Dr.biol. Arvīds Barševskis names the new-found breed of the beetle Acronia teterevi sp.n. Thus, he expessed the gratitude for the contribution of the Teterev family to the culture, science and education. 

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.

In 2015, Ināra Teterev, together with her husband Boris, received the Honorary Benefactor title from the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

In 2015, a new variety of outdoor rhododendron "Teterevs for Latvia" was grown and dedicated to the philanthropists in gratitude for their support of culture, science and education.

In 2014, Ināra Teterev was awarded the Honorary Membership of the University of Latvia. 

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 2012 was given the Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris causa) by Riga Stradiņš University.

On 4 May 2011, Ināra Teterev was awarded the Three-Star Order.

Philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev were honoured with Cicero Award at the end of 2011. 

In 2010, Ināra Teterev won the title of The Kindest Donorpresented by the Latvian Association of Women Entrepreneurs.