Following his childhood in Switzerland, Richard René Silvin earned a BS from Georgetown University in 1970 and an MBA in Finance and Hospital Administration from Cornell University in 1972.
During the subsequent three decades, Silvin ran numerous well-known hospitals, mostly in Europe and eventually rose to become the head of AMI, International, a publicly traded company, which owned and operated thirty hospitals in nine countries.
After retiring from the hospital industry in 1998, Silvin started writing. He published I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools: An Arc To Triumph in 2006. The book received notoriety among Le Rosey alumni. Silvin's second book, Walking the Rainbow: An Arc To Triumph, published in 2008, was also autobiographical, chronicling the AIDS crisis. Silvin's third book, Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor As I Knew Her, was published in 2010, recounting Silvin's encounters with the widowed Duchess of Windsor, the former Wallis Simpson.
In 2014 Silvin published his first coffee table book: Villa Mizner-The House That Changed Palm Beach. The book explores the life and work of architect Addison Mizner, who was responsible for creating the Mediterranean Revival look in South Florida.
Silvin and his partner Dr. Robert Versteeg founded Silvin Books LLC in 2015, a full-service publishing company, and released a second coffee table book in 2016. Normandie: The Tragic Story of The Most Majestic Ocean Liner details the building of the French Line's magnificent Art Deco flagship, its 4-year active working life, and its sinking in New York City in 1942, when she was being converted to serve as America's only large troop carrier.
In 2017 Silvin Books was renamed Silvin Books & Productions, and has expanded into publishing other authors' works, as well as assisting clients in creating and presenting lectures. Silvin Books & Productions then released the second edition of Silvin's book Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor As I Knew Her in November 2017.
He is listed in Who’s Who in Health Care, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and Who’s Who In The World.