Hans Rausing was born in Sweden in 1926. He is the son of Dr. Ruben Rausing—founder of Åkerlund & Rausing and Tetra Pak (a multinational food packaging and processing company)—and Elisabeth Varenius. He obtained a B.A. degree in 1948 from the University of Lund, and holds five honorary doctorates:
- Doctor h.c. of Economics from Lund University, Sweden, in 1979,
- Doctor h.c. of Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, in 1985,
- Doctor h.c. of Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics in 1987,
- Doctor h.c., The American International University, Richmond, London,
- Doctor h.c. of Medicine from Lund University, Sweden, in 2001,
- And in 2001, he was appointed Visiting Professor at Mälardalen University, Sweden.
Hans Rausing was President and/or Chairman of Tetra Pak (later The Tetra Laval Group) from 1954 to 1993.
Outside the The Tetra Laval Group, Rausing has also been a member of the Board of Directors of various companies. These include:
- Stockholm’s Enskilda Bank, Sweden (1970-1972)
- Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Sweden (1973-1982)
- South-Swedish Universities, Sweden (1975-1980)
- Business International, New York (1975-1979)
His Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at the University of London supports research, training, and archiving of disappearing languages.
Rausing is married and has three children. He now lives in East Sussex, England.