Rolf Theiler in Zurich, Switzerland
5 November 1957
Cape Town, South Africa
|Alma mater||SBS Swiss Business School|
|Home town||Zurich, Switzerland|
Gloria Theiler (m. 2004)
Rolf Theiler (born November 5, 1957) is a Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and co-owner of Mercedes CSI and chairman and president of Laureus Foundation Switzerland. Theiler is also the former co-owner and chairman of BVG Management.
Background & Career
Rolf Theiler was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1957, he is the youngest of 3 children and his father, Georges Theiler was an architect by trade. Theiler attended SBS Swiss Business School in Zurich but then left to focus on his professional show jumping career. After which point he took over his father's business, BVG Management together with his older brother, Urs Theiler.
BVG Management is a property investment firm headquartered in Thalwil. The company was founded in 1964 by Georges Theiler and it is now managed by the second and third generation Theiler family. BVG is primarily focused on commercial and residential construction real-estate developments in Switzerland. Other areas of expertise; include structural civil engineering and real estate management services.
In 2012 Rolf Theiler became the President of the Laureus Foundation CH and is also on the board of trustees. The foundation is involved in more than 140 charitable projects in 46 countries, helping 1.5 million children worldwide. Theiler has helped raise millions to aid over 10,000 children per year in Switzerland with the help of his partners IWC, Mercedes Benz, Roland Berger, J. Safra Sarasin and Ochsner Sport. In 2014 Theiler also founded the Laureus Cavallo 'Golf for Good' charity.
Theiler founded CSI in 1988 with his brother Urs, together the pair used their own startup capital of roughly CHF 2 million to launch their first event, which attracted 21,000 spectators on its debut. According to Bilanz, today CSI is the largest and most lucrative indoor Equestrian tournament in the world, with over 1 million spectators worldwide. It also hosts the Grand Prix show jumping championship televised live by FEI TV. Mercedes-Benz has been a joint partner and sponsor of CSI since inception, other partners include Formula 1 Sauber, LGT, SRF, Tages Anzeiger and Longines.
Theiler began riding professionally at the age of 13 for the Junior Swiss Team and at the age of 18 he won the European Championship for the Swiss National Team. He officially represented the Swiss National Team for 7 years, during which point he also won The Swiss Indoor Championship in 1977. Theiler has represented the Swiss Federation for over 20 years as the 'Chef d'Equipe' for the Swiss national show jumping team, bringing his team to qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens. He is the official World Cup Organiser & Treasurer of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). He was also made the honorary president of Swiss Top Sport and honorary senior committee member and treasurer of the 'Jumping Owners Club' (JOC). Theiler has worked closely with and sponsored several highly accomplished riders. These riders include, Beat Mändli who rode Theiler's horse 'Idéo Du Thot' finishing 3rd in the 2006 Malaysian Olympics which took place in Kuala Lumpur. He then went on to win the 2007 Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas. Idéo Du Thot a Selle Français also became Horse of the Year Switzerland in 2006 . Other high profile riders include Markus Fuchs and Martin Fuchs who rode one of Theiler's most prized horses, 'Principal' to win the European Show Jumping Championships in 2012. Which subsequently led to an offer of over CHF 4 million prior to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Theiler lives between his riding estate in Kappel am Albis and his coastal villa, Enigma Mansion in Cape Town, South Africa together with his wife Gloria Theiler. They have additional homes in Knysna on the Western Cape Province, Gandria on Lake Lugano and Klosters where they own Chalet Eugenia.
- Chalet Eugenia
- Website Chalet Eugenia (House in Switzerland)
- Website La Meridiana (House in Switzerland)
- Website La Grande Vue (House in South Africa)
- Website The Cove (House in South Africa)
- Show Jumping World Cup
- Laureus Charity Foundation
- List of Olympic medalists in equestrian
- European Show Jumping Championships
- International Federation for Equestrian Sports
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