Chris Nathaniel

Chris Nathaniel

Chris Nathaniel (born London, England) is a young Black British sports and entertainment agent and entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of NVA Holdings. NVA Holdings has seven divisions specialising in different areas: NVA Entertainment Group, NVA Management, 2NV Records, 2NV Marketing and Promotions, Next generation TV and Film, and NVA Education.



Nathaniel launched his management career from a small office in Acton, West London. His management helped his first client, the British Ragga and dancehall toaster Glamma Kid, go mainstream by scoring two national top ten hits, “Sweetest Taboo” and “Why”. Chris also worked with the popular girl band Mis-Teeq during this period. Chris then moved on to promote the UK shows of global acts such as P Diddy, Usher,[1] Lil’ Wayne, Mario and Destiny’s Child through 2NV Marketing and Promotions. Since then, 2NV Marketing and Promotions have worked with a variety of clients including Coca-Cola, BlackBerry, Sony PlayStation, Mars and Rock and Republic.

Chris has met with both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown during their tenures as Prime Minister of the UK Government to discuss youth issues, along with Rio Ferdinand,[2] whose concern for inspiring for inspiring young people took him to Nigeria in 2008.[3]

Nathaniel's music activities include the 2NV Records release of the Number 2 national chart smash single "Heartbroken", which sold over 300,000 copies.[4]

In November 2010, Chris was appointed by an anonymous rap mogul to find footballers to partner in a new entertainment venture and approached Manchester City Forward Shaun Wright-Phillips and his teammate, Defender Joleon Lescott as the potential prospects. [5]

Chris also evolved NVA’s portfolio to include sports management. His first major deal was to secure a seven figure book deal for Chelsea and England defender John Terry.[6] He then negotiated another large deal for his Manchester United centre back and England Captain Rio Ferdinand, who has become Nathaniel’s business partner as well as a client.[1] NVA has been credited for developing and evolving Rio's personal brand to include more than football; expanding into entertainment and education through connecting him with the right places and people.[7] Chris also created the TV series ‘Rio’s World Cup Windups’ for Ferdinand, which was commissioned by ITV.[8] In December 2009, Chris worked with Rio to cofound the Rio Ferdinand Live the Dream Foundation, which has received backing from the UK Government and industry.[9]

World Record holding sprinter Usain Bolt, for whom Chris negotiated a major seven figure book deal,[10] is now another prominent NVA Management client.[11]

The Brazilian football player Robinho is also an NVA client.[12] On 28 January 2009, Robinho was arrested in Manchester after a disputed allegation of rape. In the subsequent frenzy of media interest, he was represented by Nathaniel, who handed relations with the press during the crisis.[13] On April 7, 2009 West Yorkshire Police announced he would not face any charges at all and has been fully cleared of any allegations.[14]

NVA represents the Aston Villa Defender Curtis Davies. Curtis began his charitable work in December 2009 in Birmingham with a Christmas Party for underprivileged children at the Town Hall, organised by NVA Management.[15]

Other clients include the Manchester United Midfielder Antonio Valencia, the Standard Liege Defender Daniel Opare and Arsenal Starlet Daniel Boateng.

In September 2010, NVA announced its intention to expand its operations in Ghana by securing representation of Defender Daniel Opare, who had distinguished himself as a member of the Ghana national under-20 football team. NVA sees this as a springboard to identify and develop young talent from Ghana in sport, music and entertainment.[16]

In 2006 Chris advised the FA on the creation of the official England World Cup Song and also negotiated England's last friendly before the 2006 World Cup against Jamaica.[8]

Chris was also associated with the first attempt of an African consortium to bid for an English Premiership Football Club, Newcastle United.[17] He also consults for various football players and consortiums that are seeking to acquire football clubs.[18] and has been approached to help create a new Indian football league based on the model of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2010, Nathaniel was instructed by Mumbai entrepreneur Saurin Shah to lodge a £25 million takeover bid for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers[19]


In 2010, Chris Nathaniel was named as a new entrant onto The Times Sport Power 100.[20]

The Voice newspaper has named Chris as one of the Top 30 most influential Black Britons in football in 2008, 2009 and 2010.[21]


  1. ^ a b Ronay, Barney (2009-05-27). "The rise of Rio Ferdinand". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  2. ^ Ferdinand, Rio (2009-02-01). "Prime Minister's questions". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (2008-06-09). "Ferdinand in Nigerian pledge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Producer T2's footie match-up". The Sun. 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Man City are climbing the rap league". The Sun. 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  6. ^ Castles, Duncan (2009-07-12). "Chelsea want John Terry to put up or shut up". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  7. ^ Ronay, Barney (2009-05-09). "The Rise of RIo". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  8. ^ a b Kelso, Paul (2006-05-18). "Rio plays for laughs on TV". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  9. ^ McGrath, Mike (2009-10-09). "Ferdinand plans showbiz charity bash". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  10. ^ "Bolt Pens £2-m book deal". Jamaica Observer. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  11. ^ Kessel, Anna (2009-07-23). "Usain Bolt sets sights on sprinting to top of rich list". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  12. ^ Custis, Shaun (2009-11-10). "Robinho’s £6million loan". The Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  13. ^ Smyth, Chris (2009-01-28). "Robinho arrested over rape allegation". ListOwn (London). Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Manchester City footballer Robinho will not face any charges". ListOwn. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ Nursey, James (2009-12-23). "Aston Villa star Curtis Davies sets his sights on a memorable New Year double". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Nigerians hopeful of Magpies deal". Sky Sports. 2008-09-25.,19528,11678_4192348,00.html. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  18. ^ "The rest of the football news". The Sun. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  19. ^ "Indian magnate lines up £25m takeover of Blackburn". The TImes. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  20. ^ "Times Sport Power 100: 100-91". London: Times Online. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  21. ^ Mann, Leon (2008-03-24). "The footballing Black List". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 

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