Christian Rating was born in Hamburg in 1965. He is married and has four children. After finishing his university-entrance diploma and military service, he studied Business Administration at the European Business School in Rheingau, London and Paris from 1987 to 1991. In the following he worked as a Head of Marketing in the IT sector in Munich and Hamburg. In 1996 he founded his own online marketing agency serving customers as PHILIPS, the Deutsche Post and Hannover Rück.
Having sold his company in 1998, he founded the online music label Virtual Volume – a online platform and music publisher. Among the partners there were NBC/Giga, Axel Springer, as well as eastwest/Warner Music. As a managing director of RAISE Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Christian today invests in companies focusing on (information) technology as well as renewable energies.