"As opportunities arise to enter foreign markets, we look to form in-market partnerships. We take great care in extending invitations to our fund investors to enhance our geographic reach and prime the process."
Ralph Booth is a Founding Partner of Fontinalis. As an investment professional with significant operational, strategic and transactional experience in both domestic and international markets, Ralph has repeatedly built and scaled companies from inception through monetization.
For the past sixteen years Ralph has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Booth American Company (BAC), a private investment firm focused on media and telecommunications. As CEO, Ralph expanded BAC’s investment strategy and holdings both domestically and internationally by helping companies at all stages of development to grow and access new markets. He has built companies in the United States, Europe and South America.
In 1989 Ralph helped form a European telecommunications division to provide broadband services in the U.K. He also helped develop English Cable Enterprises and subsequently merged it into NTL, Inc. in 1994. Ralph then co-founded European Cable Capital Partners with Goldman Sachs and purchased a controlling interest in Diamond Cable Communications, Plc. Diamond was then merged into NTL, Inc., in 1999, forming the largest broadband telecommunications provider in the U.K. Prior to 1995 Ralph held the position of President and Chief Financial Officer of BAC, overseeing the development of the company's broadcast media, telecommunications and cable television divisions.
Ralph served on the board of Diveo Broadband Networks, Inc., an internet protocol business datacenter and wireless broadband telecommunications network which serves various markets across South America. In December 2010 Diveo was successfully sold to a public Brazilian company, Universo Online S.A. for $R784 million. Ralph serves on the board of Grupo Clarin, S.A., which is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also serves on the Board of Directors of four of Fontinalis Partners portfolio companies, Synovia Solutions, Parkmobile, SQLstream and Streetline. Ralph is a past trustee of the Hotchkiss School, as well as The Henry Ford, a national landmark and American history museum in Dearborn Michigan. He is an active outdoorsman and has been involved with the Valley Floor Preservation initiative in Telluride, CO.
Ralph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University with a concentration in economics.