Thomas Ravenel was born in Charleston, South Carolina and is the youngest of six children. In 1981, Ravenel was accepted to enter the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1985. After graduation, he sold real estate for four years. In 1991, he earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, emphasizing Finance and Real Estate. In 1992, Ravenel founded Ravenel Development Corporation, a commercial real estate development company, and moved it the next year to Atlanta where he began to concentrate on retail projects including freestanding, single-tenant stores, and strip-mall developments. He returned to Charleston in 1995. In 2006, Ravenel was elected statewide to the office of State Treasurer for the state of South Carolina. As State Treasurer, he was chairman of The State Board of Financial Institutions for the State of South Carolina, a member of The Budget and Control Board for the State of South Carolina, a member of The State of South Carolina Retirement System which invests approximately $30 billion in funds for the benefit of retired state employees.
Ravenel is active in national and state organizations that promote free enterprise and liberty such as The Cato Institute. He is a member of the French Huguenot Church of Charleston and a number of South Carolina organizations. Ravenel is the proud father of an infant girl, Kensington Calhoun Ravenel. In what little free time he now has, Ravenel enjoys polo, boating, and traveling.
The Latest from Thomas
After Show: Which ‘Southern Charm’ Castmate Could Run for Office?
Part II: In the After Show, Thomas Ravenel tells Andy Cohen which of his castmates from “Southern Charm” has the best chance of running for office.
After Show: MJ’s Take on RHOA & NeNe
Part I: MJ Javid from “Shahs of Sunset” is a #RHOA viewer and she tells Andy Cohen how she feels about NeNe Leakes.
‘Is it Heavier than MJ’s Boobs!?’
Thomas Ravenel from “Southern Charm” has to guess if random items are heavier than #Shahs’ star MJ Javid’s boobs!
Andy Auctions off his D&G Suit!
Andy Cohen fights back against the recent comments Dolce & Gabbana made about in vitro fertilization by auctioning off his D&G suit with all proceeds going to the Family Equality Council!
Thomas on Castmates Bad-Mouthing Kathryn
In the season premiere of “Southern Charm,” Kathryn Calhoun Dennis gets some not so nice comments from the cast and Thomas Ravenel addresses why those comments bother him.
‘MJ, Is That Okay?’
“Shahs of Sunset” star MJ Javid tells Andy Cohen what she thinks about certain sticky situations on “Southern Charm.”
Is Thomas Ready to Get Married?
Thomas Ravenel has no problem answering political questions, but when it comes to talking about a long-term commitment to Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, he's at a loss for words.