Rami Makhzoumi was born in Riyadh on 31st October 1977 to Lebanese parents – Fouad, an engineer then working in Saudi Arabia, and May, a pharmacist. In 1980 the family moved to London and Rami joined Hill House School, a private international school in Knightsbridge run by an unorthodox ex-Army Colonel and famous for educating Prince Charles. Rami flourished in the cosmopolitan, nurturing, disciplined and egalitarian environment of Hill House and quickly established himself as an all-rounder – as comfortable in the classroom as he was playing the violin, swimming or passing a football.
Rami actively participated in all of the chores and activities that made up a typical day at Hill House, from washing dishes after lunch to singing in the choir after school. He particularly enjoyed the regular school trips to Hill House’s chalet in Switzerland where he would mountain-climb, canoe and ski. At school, Rami was a shy, sensitive boy, who was also intelligent, easy-going and kind. Rami possessed a cheeky sense of humour and infectious laugh which made being around him always such a pleasure. He was also very generous and considerate and was the first to share anything in his possession with friends. All of these characteristics made Rami very popular and in Hill House he forged strong friendships that would last for the rest of his life. As an adult, he always spoke of his time at Hill House with great nostalgia. Read more