Francisco Rafael ‘Frank’ Rainieri Marranzini is a businessman from the Dominican Republic. He is the chairman and founder of Puntacana Group, according to Forbes, Rainieri has one of the ten largest fortunes in the Dominican Republic, with a net worth near the billion-dollar mark. In 2015, he was designated ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Dominican Republic, Rainieri was born into a family with tradition of hospitality. His parents were Francisco Rainieri Franceschini and Venecia Marranzini Lepore and he went to college in Philadelphia at Saint Josephs College, now Saint Josephs University. Their first project was a 40 guest hotel called the Punta Cana Club, in 1979, they constructed The Puntacana Hotel. The Punta Cana International Airport followed in 1984, in 1997, Rainieri and Kheel partnered with Oscar de la Renta and Julio Iglesias to start work on the Punta Cana Marina and the real estate development of the area
Clara Ledesma was an artist from the Dominican Republic. Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, she studied art under Yoryi Morel in his academy in that city. Ledesma enrolled in the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo and her professors included Celeste Woss y Gil and George Hausdorf, while her primary mentor was painting professor Josep Gausachs. Fellow students included Gilberto Hernández Ortega and Eligio Pichardo, in 1949, Ledesma had her first solo exhibition and in 1951 she opened a studio/gallery, where she displayed her works as well as those of other artists. With the proceeds from a successful solo exhibition in 1952. She studied painting in Barcelona and Madrid, and exhibited her works in galleries in Spain, Ledesma traveled to Lisbon and Paris to visit important museums. She was particularly influenced by the works of Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, during her stay in Europe, Ledesma met Bolivian artist Walter Terrazas, who returned to Santo Domingo with her in 1954. In Santo Domingo, she worked closely with other important Dominican artists, including Gilberto Hernández Ortega, Josep Gausachs, in 1955, she was named vice director of the National School of Fine Arts.
In 1961, Ledesma and her husband, moved to New York City, New York and she lived and worked in New York City the rest of her life. Ledesmas style ranged from Expressionism and Surrealism to Abstraction and she is known for her use of brilliant colors, imaginative figures and the feeling of magic and mysticism created in her paintings and drawings. Ledesma died, age 74 or 75, in New York City, de los Santos, Memoria de la pintura dominicana, Volumen 3, Santo Domingo, Grupo León Jimenes,2004. Tanasescu, Horia, La Exposición de Clara Ledesma, el Caribe, Santo Domingo, March 6,1954
Amadeo Barletta Barletta
Amadeo Barletta Barletta was born in Italy in 1894 and died in the Dominican Republic in 1975. Barletta’s unusual business acumen and character allowed him to overcome major adversities, a hurricane destroyed his properties in the Dominican Republic in 1930. Batista seized his businesses in 1941, Fidel Castro expropriated them in 1960. Barletta was a successful Italian entrepreneur who migrated to the Caribbean in the years of the 20th century. At the early age of 17 he migrated from Italy to Puerto Rico via New York during the summer of 1912. His records are registered in the archives of Ellis Island, the only port of entry to America at that time. Amadeo moved to the Dominican Republic in 1920 and founded Santo Domingo Motors, in Dominican Republic he engaged in the tobacco business, breaking Trujillo’s monopoly with an U. S. A. company. In 1935 Trujillo charged Barletta with conspiring to assassinate him, incarcerating him, Barletta was the Honorary Consul of Italy appointed by Benito Mussolini.
Trujillo cancelled his consular credentials by a decree and confiscated his properties, Benito Mussolini made moves to get his consul out of jail, demanded reimbursement for all losses as a result of Barlettas imprisonment and a $200,000 indemnity. The USA State Department contacted Dominican Republics Minister to the U. S. Rafael Brache, Barletta moved to Cuba in 1939 and became the first exclusive distributor of General Motors, outside the United States. In 1942 Amadeo left Cuba and immigrated to Argentina looking for a country during World War II. In 1945 he returned to Cuba and developed his empire together with his son Amadeo Jr. by expanding and diversifying into the newspaper, from 1950-1959 his businesses grow and diversify. In 1960, Fidel Castro expropriated all his businesses and he was forced into exile with his family, in 1962 right after Rafael Trujillos assassination, he moves back to the Dominican Republic and he reorganize his old car business. In 1964 he obtains distribution exclusivity for Nissan and he died in the Dominican Republic.
Amadeo Barletta Barletta married Nelia Ricart and had two children, Amadeo Barletta Jr. who was born in Cuba in 1923, and Nelia Filomena Barletta Ricart, Amadeo Barletta Ricart married Laura Vicini and there are no descendants from this marriage. The History of Motorambar in Spanish Infante, Fernando La Era de Trujillo, 1930-1961 Tomo 1 Vega, Bernardo Desiderio Arias y Trujillo se escriben