Chris Nathaniel

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Chris Nathaniel
Usain Bolt (right), with Rio Ferdinand (left) and Chris Nathaniel (centre)
Born Chris Nathaniel
(1982-03-09) 9 March 1982 (age 33)
Occupation Sports Agent
Employer NVA Entertainment

Chris Nathaniel is a sports agent and talent manager representing footballers, music artists, actors, models and more. He founded NVA Entertainment Group in 2005 with his partner Paul Boadi.


Nathaniel is a former Choice FM DJ and UK promoter for global acts such as P Diddy, Usher and Lil Wayne.[1]

Nathaniel has represented the likes of Katie Price, Ashley Walters, Paul Ince, and his son Thomas Ince[2] Victor Andrade[3] and worked with Kelly Rowland[4] and the highest earning African Footballer former Barcelona F.C. and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, as well as negotiating a seven figure commercial deal[5] for World Record holding sprinter Usain Bolt.[6]

In November 2010, Nathaniel was appointed by an anonymous rap mogul to find footballers to partner in a new entertainment venture and approached Manchester City players Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joleon Lescott as potential prospects.[7] Alongside Rio Ferdinand, Nathaniel has also met with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to discuss youth issues, during their tenures as the Prime Minister.

As part of NVA Holdings, the NVA Entertainment Group sister company 2NV Records released the single "Heartbroken" by T2 featuring Jodie Aysha which sold over 300,000 copies and reached No.2 in the UK Charts.[8]

NVA Entertainment's portfolio has expanded to include sports management. His first major deal was to secure a seven figure commercial deal for Chelsea F.C. and England defender John Terry,[9] and negotiated another significant deal for the former Manchester United centre back and England Captain Rio Ferdinand, who has since become Nathaniel's business partner as well as client.[1] NVA has been credited for developing and evolving Rio's personal brand to include more than football, using relevant connections to expand into entertainment and education.[10] Nathaniel also created the TV series 'Rio's World Cup Windups' for Ferdinand, which was commissioned by ITV and featured the likes of David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville and Ashley Cole among others.[11] In December 2009, Nathaniel worked with Rio Ferdinand to cofound the Rio Ferdinand Live the Dream Foundation, which has received backing from the UK Government and industry.[12]

Alongside Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole, Nathaniel worked as executive producer on the movie Dead Man Running starring 50 Cent released in 2009. Nathaniel raised funds for the movie and also ensured that 10 long term unemployed people would be given employment on the film set as part of the production deal. He has also raised funds for numerous other film, sport, leisure, property and entertainment projects. [1]

Nathaniel brokered a multimillion-pound deal between Jay-Z and Chelsea F.C. and England footballer Ashley Cole to bring a branch of the US rapper's 40/40 restaurant/bar franchise to London as well as working on various other entertainment related projects.

As chief executive of the Canary Wharf-based NVA Entertainment Group Nathaniel was voted one of the top 30 most influential black people in Britain by The Voice three years in a row, from 2009 to 2011, and in 2010 broke into The Times Sport Power 100 list.[13]

In 2009, NVA Entertainment Group represented Brazilian footballer Robinho[14] during the frenzy of media interest that surrounded the footballer after being arrested in Manchester on suspicion of rape.[15] On 7 April 2009 West Yorkshire Police announced he would not face no charges and has since been fully cleared of any allegations.[16]

In December 2009 NVA Management worked with Aston Villa footballer Curtis Davies organising a Christmas Party at the Town Hall in Birmingham for underprivileged children.[17]

In September 2010, NVA Entertainment expanded its operations to Ghana, focusing on identifying and developing young talent in sport, music and entertainment,[18] by securing representation of defender Daniel Opare, who played for the Ghana national under-20 football team.

In 2006 Chris Nathaniel was an adviser to the FA on the creation of the official England World Cup Song and also negotiated England's last friendly before the 2006 World Cup against Jamaica.[11] He works as a consultant for various players and consortiums wishing to acquire football clubs,[19] notably associated with the first attempt of an African consortium to bid for an English Premiership football club, Newcastle United,[20] and has been approached to help create a new Indian football league based on the model of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2010, Nathaniel was instructed by Mumbai entrepreneur Saurin Shah to lodge a £25 million takeover bid for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers[21]

2015 has seen the addition to the roster of the world's most expensive African footballer Wilfried Bony[22] and boxing champion Adrien Broner[23] among others.


  1. ^ a b Ronay, Barney (27 May 2009). "The rise of Rio Ferdinand". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Newcastle eyeing January swoop for Blackpool's Thomas Ince". London: The Mirror. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Stammers, Steve (3 October 2015). "Manchester City lead transfer chase for £25m-rated Benfica starlet Victor Andrade". London: The Mirror. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kelly Rowland's got the Next factor". London: Daily Star. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bolt Pens £2-m book deal". Jamaica Observer. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Kessel, Anna (23 July 2009). "Usain Bolt sets sights on sprinting to top of rich list". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Man City are climbing the rap league". The Sun. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Producer T2's footie match-up". The Sun. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Castles, Duncan (12 July 2009). "Chelsea want John Terry to put up or shut up". London: Times Online. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Ronay, Barney (9 May 2009). "The Rise of RIo". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Kelso, Paul (18 May 2006). "Rio plays for laughs on TV". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  12. ^ McGrath, Mike (9 October 2009). "Ferdinand plans showbiz charity bash". London: The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Times Sport Power 100: How we rated our figures of authority". London: The Times. 20 March 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  14. ^ Custis, Shaun (10 November 2009). "Robinho's £6million loan". The Sun. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Smyth, Chris (28 January 2009). "Robinho arrested over rape allegation". ListOwn (London). Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Manchester City footballer Robinho will not face any charges". ListOwn. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  17. ^ Nursey, James (23 December 2009). "Aston Villa star Curtis Davies sets his sights on a memorable New Year double". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
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  19. ^ "The rest of the football news". The Sun. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  20. ^ "Nigerians hopeful of Magpies deal". Sky Sports. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  21. ^ "Indian magnate lines up £25m takeover of Blackburn". The TImes. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  22. ^ "Wilfried Bony wants to play in the Champions League - and he's prepared to leave Swansea to do so". The Mirror. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "Ade plotting an Am-bush". The Sun. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 

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