This is not a palatable news coming from the Chagourys. Gilbert, the older of the famous Chagoury Brothers, who has been doing business in Nigeria for decades has been hit by a monumental tragedy. His first son, Ramez, fondly called Ricco, died in a Paris hospital penultimate weekend. Ricco said to be in his 30s has had some health challenges in the past, and everyone thought the worst was over until news broke that he suddenly died on Saturday, June 6, 2014. Along with his brother, Roland, the Chagoury’s, born in Nigeria to Lebanese parents, are very influential in the Nigerian business environment, they have their hands in many pies including chunk shares in popular Eko Hotel & Suites and the controversial Eko Atlantic project (where they are set to kill the famous Bar Beach). They are usually spotted at events hosted by Nigeria’s rich and famous which is a sign of their connection and influence. According to their official website, “The Chagoury Group is an industrial conglomerate with interests in construction, real estate, property development and hotels. The Chagoury Group own, as well, industries in agribusiness, flour mills, water bottling, glass, aluminium, furniture and other construction-related manufacturing. The Group is also owner of companies in telecommunications, IT, insurance, and international finance” “A staunch Catholic, Gilbert Chagoury is a friend and confidant to Presidents, Heads of State and business leaders around the world. He is an insider of real-politics and advisor in policy matters and issues of diplomatic sensitivity in West and Central Africa. In 1995, Gilbert Chagoury was appointed Ambassador and Special Representative of UNESCO to St. Lucia. “Ambassador Chagoury has built a career on acute business acumen with visionary leadership and humble philanthropic service that has made him one of the most highly respected industrialists in the world. But perhaps more than any other single attribute, Ambassador Chagoury has demonstrated a dedication to democracy, peace and the cultivation of healthy, thriving economic environments in which the average person can employ his full range of talents to reach his God-given potential”. Ricco, we are told, will be buried in Paris, and the Chagoury household has been receiving condolence messages since the tragic news broke. Among famous Nigerians that first visited the family was the former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu who led powerful friends to Paris for a condolence visit.
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