Ricardo Melchior Navarro was born in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1947. He studied Industrial Engineering at the modern University of Navarra, specialising in Industrial Organisation. Subsequently, he travelled to Germany to study both Engineering and Economics at the Technical University in Aachen, Germany.

In 1987 Ricardo Melchior Navarro was elected Vice-President of the Cabildo de Tenerife - the government of Tenerife -, a post he has combined with his work as Island Councillor with responsibility for: Planning and Economic Development from 1987-1991; Agriculture and Economic Development from 1991 to 1995; Agriculture and Water from 1995 to 1999.

Ricardo Melchior Navarro was elected President of the Cabildo, Tenerife's island authority, in 1999, having held the position of Vice-President from 1987 to 1999. In addition he holds the position of senator and he is also chairman of the board of directors for the National Teide Park.

Over the last 25 years, Ricardo Melchior Navarro has worked in areas related to the research and development of renewable energies with participation in seminars, congresses, and conferences.

He was awarded the highest honour of Ireland's National University, Doctor of Science in 2002 and received the National Order of Merit (Chevalier dans l'ordre National du Mérite) from the French government in 2003. This year he has been awarded the Orden de Miranda by the governor of the state of Miranda (Venezuela)

During the final years of his life, Hans Christian Andersen was very attached to Moritz and Dorothea Melchior and their family. Andersen lived in their house "Rolighed" in Copenhagen. He passed away in this house on the 4th of August 1875.

One of Moritz Melchior's four brothers was Sally Melchior, who settled down in Hamburg. The great-grandchild of Sally Melchior is Ricardo Melchior Navarro.