Ruud van der Bles was born in 1956 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 
In 1974 he received his diploma in hotel- and restaurant management.
After military service in 1979 he went to Switzerland working in the hotel business as a headwaiter and wine specialist until 1986. From 1987 until 1997 he managed his parent’s fish restaurant in the center of Amsterdam. During that time he graduated for bookkeeping and business administration.
From 1998 until the end of 2000 he did the finance of the medical scientific projects which were at the V.U.University in Amsterdam. From 2001 until now he is the project controller of the EMGO Institute within the V.U. University Medical Center. Also he does the administration of foundations.