Founder and owner of CuisinArt Resort dies

ANGUILLA–Leandro Rizzuto, the owner of CuisinArt Resort and Golf Club has died. Governor Tim Foy has offered condolences to his family and friends on his passing.

“A true entrepreneur, Mr. Rizzuto has been a key player in Anguilla’s tourism industry for decades as the owner of the CuisinArt Hotel and Resort, the CuisinArt Golf Club and the Reef Hotel. His love for Anguilla was self-evident and his dedication to the development of the island unquestionable,” Foy said.

Chief Minister Victor Banks noted that Rizzuto endeared himself to the people of Anguilla through his generosity and his willingness to maintain his investments here even during challenging situations. “With the recent passing of Hurricane Irma which severely damaged his properties here … he had already committed to rebuilding and reopening his resorts to the tune of some US $40 million. In that process he also ensured that adequate provision was made for staff that would be affected. Mr. Rizzuto was appreciated by the entire Anguillian community because of his obvious interest in our wellbeing. It was very clear that many of his investments were for the most part made out of his love for the island and its people.

“On behalf of the Government and People of Anguilla, as well as on my own behalf and that of my family, I extend sincere condolences to his entire family circle, loved ones and close associates all across the globe whose lives he has touched in so many ways,” Banks said, noting that he will be sorely missed and his contribution to Anguilla’s development will be remembered and appreciated for many years to come..

Rizzuto was an American billionaire businessman. He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Conair Corporation which is almost 100 per cent owned by him, and manufactures and sells haircare and kitchen appliances as well as other home and beauty products.

Source: The Daily Herald