Emile Ratelband

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Emile Ratelband
Born11 March 1949
OccupationFormer politician & television personality, motivational speaker

Emile Albert Rudolf Ratelband (born 11 March 1949) is a Dutch television personality, "positivity guru" and former politician for Leefbaar Nederland.


Emile Ratelband was born in Arnhem on 11 March 1949.[1] He has seven children, and is expecting an eighth in 2019.[2]

In 2002, Ratelband started his own political party, Ratelband List (in Dutch, Lijst Ratelband), after being rejected as lijsttrekker for Leefbaar Nederland. Ratelband List took part in the elections for the Tweede Kamer on 22 January 2003, but failed to win a single seat.

In November 2018, Ratelband started a court case in Arnhem, seeking to have his date of birth legally changed from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.[1] Ratelband has said, "You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?"[3] His attempt was rejected by the court on December 3, 2018.[4]


  1. ^ a b Boffey, Daniel (8 November 2018). "Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Who is Emile? – Ratelband.nl". www.ratelband.nl. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Man, 69, begins legal battle to change age to improve Tinder chances". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Dutch court rejects man's request to be 20 years younger". The Guardian. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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