Richard D. Fain
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Richard D. Fain is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the global cruise company owning six brands – Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisières de France, and the joint venture, TUI Cruises. Together, these six brands operate 41 ships and carry over five million guests annually.
Fain became the cruise line’s chairman and CEO in 1988. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Fain spent 13 years at Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corp., a London-based owner and operator of cargo ships.
Fain serves on the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees, the board of the Posse Foundation and the Florida Council of 100.
Fain is a former chair of the Miami Business Forum, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of Miami-Dade, and of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), an industry trade association representing nearly 17,000 affiliated travel agencies and the bulk of the world’s cruise lines. He chairs United Way of Miami-Dade’s Veritage Miami food and wine festival.
In 2014, Fain was honored with the Federal Maritime Commission Chairman’s Earth Day Award. In 2010, Fain was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Travel Weekly, the national newspaper of the travel industry. In 2004, Fain received the Ultimate CEO Award from the South Florida Business Journal and accepted the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition Organization. He was inducted into the South Florida Business Hall of Fame in October 2004.
Fain was presented one of France’s most distinguished awards, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (French Legion of Honor), and was named Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion by Finland. He received the Anti-Defamation League’s 2000 Distinguished Community Service award, was named the 1999 Statesman of the Year by the Wharton School Club of South Florida, as well as the 1998 Humanitarian of the Year by the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys.
Fain holds a B.S. degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fain and his wife, Colleen, have four children and four gorgeous grandchildren.