It is with great sadness that we inform you that Boris Teterev (05.11.1953 - 21.09.2019), philanthropist and founder of the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation, on 21 September 2019, has passed away after a prolonged illness. He was a remarkable person whose life, works, ideas and passion have changed the world, Latvia, society and the worldview of his peers.
“I'm trying to improve this world, including health care, education, and of course, art. Why? I just want to. It is satisfying, as the Russians say, творить добро (to do good). It is also essential that my wife, Inara, and I are on the same wavelength,” Boris Teterev once said in an interview. Doing good has been the credo of his life, the motivation behind every action and his true conviction.
Boris Teterev was born in Riga, attended the Riga Secondary School No 10, studied at the Riga Medical Institute (now Riga Stradins University). After graduation, he spent nine years practicing medicine at the Riga City Hospital No 4 and the Riga City Hospital No 5. Until 2008 he engaged in business in Latvia and abroad.
In 2010, he established his private family foundation together with his wife Inara Teterev.
Boris Teterev received the Cabinet of Ministers' Certificate of Recognition for his significant contribution to the preservation of Latvia's cultural and historical heritage and the Order of the Three Stars. Boris Teterev was an Honorary Doctor of the Riga Stradins University (Doctor honoris causa), Honorary Member of the University of Latvia and the Art Academy of Latvia, Honorary Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
In 2015, Boris Teterev joined the President's Circle of the world's largest alliance of leaders, the Club de Madrid. The alliance is headed by Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia from 1999 to 2007.