José Fanjul

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José "Pepe" Fanjul
José Francisco Fanjul y Gómez-Mena

1944 (age 75–76)
Havana, Cuba
Alma materVillanova University
New York University
Occupationsugar baron
Net worthUS$8.2 billion (August 2017)[1]
Spouse(s)Emilia May Fanjul
Parent(s)Alfonso Fanjul Sr.
Lillian Rosa Gomez-Mena
RelativesAlfonso Fanjul Jr. (brother)
José Gómez-Mena (grandfather)
Norberto Azqueta Sr. (brother-in-law)

José Francisco "Pepe" Fanjul (born 1944) is the second eldest of the Fanjul brothers, who control a sugar and real estate business valued at US$8.2 billion.[1]

Early life[edit]

He is the second son of Alfonso Fanjul Sr. and his wife Lillian Rosa Gomez-Mena.[2] He received a bachelor's degree from Villanova University, and an MBA from New York University (NYU).[3]


Fanjul is the vice chairman and president of Flo-Sun, a Fanjul family-owned sugar growing and refining company, and of Florida Crystals.[4]

Political interests[edit]

Fanjul is a longstanding supporter of Republican politicians, one of the largest contributors to George W. Bush, a leading patron of Marco Rubio, and has co-hosted a large fundraiser for Donald Trump.[5] His brother Alfonso Fanjul Jr. has been a leading Democrat supporter since at least 1992, and was co-chair of Bill Clinton's Florida campaign.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Emilia May Fanjul, and they live in Palm Beach, Florida.[6] They also own an apartment at 960 Fifth Avenue, New York City.[3]

In 2002, the New York Times reported that Fanjul had "considered" leaving his wife for socialite Nina Griscom, with whom he had a "celebrated affair" (and who was married to plastic surgeon Daniel Baker), but had "changed his mind".[7][8][9]

In 2002, their daughter Emilia Helena Fanjul married Brian C. Pfeifler, executive director managing private client accounts at Morgan Stanley, son of Brian D. Pfeifler of Gulf Stream, Florida.[4][10]

In 2010, Fanjul refused to fire[11][12] his executive assistant, the long-time white nationalist Chloe Hardin Black[13], who was married first to David Duke, the former national leader of the Ku Klux Klan and "America’s most well-known racist and anti-Semite"[14], and then to Don Black, another former Ku Klux Klan leader and member of the American Nazi Party, who runs the hateful neo-Nazi, white supremacist and Holocaust denial Stormfront Internet forum, the premier site for white supremacists in the world. The website is believed to be at least partly supported by the salary that Florida Crystals, the Fanjuls' sugar conglomerate, payed Chloe Black.[15][16][17]


  1. ^ a b "These Sugar Barons Built an $8 Billion Fortune With Washington's Help". 9 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017 – via
  2. ^ Brenner, Marie. "In the Kingdom of Big Sugar". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Board approved: Who lives at 960 Fifth Avenue?". 13 April 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Emilia Fanjul, Brian C. Pfeifler". The New York Times. 24 March 2002. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Meet the Sugar Barons Who Used Both Sides of American Politics to Get Billions in Subsidies -". 19 September 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  6. ^ York, By Tom Leonard in New. "Sugar baron robbed of jewellery worth millions". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Why Few Big Breakups Make the Grade". The New York Times. 25 August 2002. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  8. ^ BAUM, GERALDINE (21 October 2002). "He's rich in tales of high society". Retrieved 13 August 2017 – via LA Times.
  9. ^ Staff, WWD (30 October 2002). "Suzy". Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  10. ^ McGrath, Maggie. "Brian Pfeifler Eschews Concierge Wealth Management In Favor Of Getting Clients Into Uber, Palantir". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  11. ^ Staff (2010-10-09). "Billionaire won't fire assisant [sic] for KKK link". Page Six. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  12. ^ "Sugar Baron Aide's KKK link". New York Post. July 19, 2008. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Stormfront Founder's Wife Fronts for Minority School August 29, 2008
  14. ^ "David Duke" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. 2013 [c. 2009]. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  15. ^ Heidi Beirich (July 28, 2008). "Stormfront Founder's Wife Sets Off Firestorm". Archived from the original on August 5, 2008.
  16. ^ John Lantigua (July 26, 2008). "Local organizer, other supremacists say Obama's run boosts their cause". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011.
  17. ^ Wtf: The Socialite's Nazi Publicist Archived July 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 14, 2015.