Atheneum Capital LLC, based in Rowayton, a part of Norwalk, Connecticut, was founded by Richard Rankin in 2005. The Company’s activities include principal investments in public and private companies, often providing vital growth capital to earlier stage enterprises. Atheneum Capital LLC is further involved in investment consulting activities and various philanthropic efforts. The Company focuses its principal business efforts on the life sciences, green energy and technology industries.


Prior to establishing Atheneum Capital, Richard was a senior managing director at Morgan Stanley in their global headquarters. He ran the Canadian business of Morgan Stanley in Toronto from 1998 to 2002 and returned to New York in a senior capacity in the firm’s strategic management group. Richard began his career as a credit analyst for a division of Canada's central bank, the Bank of Canada, and moved to the United States to join UBS in 1989. He is an experienced financial professional with research, institutional equity sales and management, investment banking and business development expertise. He has gained a myriad of experience counseling corporations on a diverse range of issues including capital raising and structure, operating and relationship management policy, regulatory compliance and change of control.


In 2019 Atheneum established a presence in New York, NY.  

Richard is on the advisory boards of the Sponsorship Committee of the New York Yacht Club, the Family Office Association, Opotek, Inc., Defentect, LLC, Spectrum DNA and The Convenient Gourmet Group. He is the past president of the Rowayton Civic Association, past chairman of the WeeBurn Gun Club and a former trustee of the New York Yacht Club Foundation.