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
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Thomas: Are You Kidding Me? Where's the Compassion?
Kathryn tries to console Thomas at his election party, but Thomas doesn't feel her support.
Are Thomas and Kathryn Back on the Same Page?
Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Calhoun Dennis realize they both want to work on their relationship.
Unseen Footage: The Whitney/Thomas Fight Continues...
Patricia's dinner may be over, but Whitney Sudler-Smith and Thomas Ravenel decide to continue their argument over the political ads.
Go Inside Cooper's Founders' Ball
See photos from Cooper's first annual Founders' Ball.
Thomas and Whitney Argue Over the Political Ads
Whitney Sudler-Smith is still upset with Thomas Ravenel for pulling his ads.
Thomas and Kathryn: A Modern-Day Liz and Dick?
Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Calhoun Dennis make a dramatic entrance to Cooper's party.