David Rotlevy was one of the founders of the Ratio Group. He was born in 1930 in Tel-Aviv, where he grew up and was educated. After having fought with the Palmach, he switched upon the dissolution of the Palmach to the Intelligence and Communications Corps and participated in his first commanders course.
Following his discharge from the army, David studied in the first class of the Faculty of Law that opened at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, graduating with honours. In the 1950s and 1960s, David became a star in the field of law, soon becoming partner in the leading law firm. Seligman & Co., where he practiced law until the mid-1980s, simultaneous with his political activities within the Ha’herut party.
In the 1970s, David entered civil service, where he was appointed head of the Tel-Aviv District Office of the Israel Bar Association, and member of the Municipality for the Likud party. In 1979, he was asked by then Finance Minister to serve as an economic attaché in the United States, a role he filled for two-and-a-half years during which he contributed to the development of economic ties between Israel and the US, as well as to other countries.
Upon David’s return to Israel, he re-entered politics and in 1984, was a Likud candidate for the Knesset, and served as chairman of the Jabotinsky Institute. During these years, he continued practicing law and was involved in extensive business activity, including, inter alia, active partner in the family textile company Rotex, and in the acquisition of the companies Lodzia and Argaman and their management. Also participated in the planning and financing of the development and launch of the Amos satellite. David served as director for the government in many companies, including Zim and Bank Leumi, as well as in other companies.
Between 1990-1999, David served as head of the Central Chamber in the Israel Bar Association, and acting chairman of Herut Hatzahar. Shortly before his death, David was appointed member of the advisory committee to Bank of Israel.
In 1992, he acquired controlling interest in Bank Igud, along with the Landau Family and other partners. In the same year, the Landau and Rotlevy Families established Ratio Oil Exploration (1992) Limited Partnership and in 1993, the Partnership was listed on the TASE. The Partnership became one of the largest oil and gas exploration corporations in Israel. In 2013, the Landau and Rotlevy Families along with geologist Eitan Eisenberg founded Ratio Petroleum Energy Limited Partnership, as part of the Ratio Group.
David Rotlevy was a member of the leades and founders of the Performing Arts Center, served as member of its Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee, in which he remained active until his death. He was also one of the founders of the Theatron HaYidi and served as its founding chairman until his death.
David Rotlevy died in 1999, in Tel-Aviv, where he lived his entire life.