Rafael studied Finance in Washington and in New York. He subsequently worked for the company Credit Suisse. In 2002, he succeeded his father to the dukedom of Feria at the age of 23, therefore becoming one of the youngest dukes in the Spanish nobility. In 2007 he gave up his job to launch a project named Scalpers, a fashion line for men. Rafael is a celebrated member of the Spanish aristocracy and jet-set, entering the Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List in 2007. He currently resides in Madrid.
^Heirs apparents of Grandees of Spain are styled in the same way as their parents, The Most Excellent, while younger children are styled The Most Illustrious. Francisco López-Nieto y Mallo, Honores y Protocolo, 2 Volumes, Consultor, 2006. ISBN 84-7052-290-6 and ISBN 978-84-7052-290-1