Tony "The Bull" Blanco
The Montano Family was started by Mauro Montano in 1925 making their first money smuggling opium and robbing banks. Today their main source of income comes from the weapons trade. In 1967 The Commission, led by Salvatore “Big Sal” Masserano, formed a syndicate where control over the weapons trade is shared among the Montano and Garrone families. This in exchange for the monopoly on gambling by the Gamboni family. The Montano family is under pressure from the Commission for continued alleged narcotics trade. Rumor has it they are well connected to the Colombian Medellin cartel, controlling most of the cocaine trade on the East Coast. They own 3 Nightclubs, several exclusive car imports companies, 6 garages and 4 car dealers. Although not afraid to make their hands dirty, they often employ members of the Bloods as well as latino street gangs. The Montano family have a tight grip on the streets as they take care of many families of which members are in prison.
Tony “The Bull” Blanco became head of the Montano family after his uncle and mentor Massimo Montano died in 1983 in an unfortunate accident visiting a construction site of a high rise condominium building in Queens. As Massimo has five daughters but no son, he raised his brother’s only son as his own. Antonio’s real parents died in a car accident when he was aged five. Blaming his father for their death, Antonio changed his last name to Blanco to honour his late Colombian mother.
Luca "Il Professore" Luchetti
The Luchetti family is one of the three “Corleonese” families – with ancestors from Corleone, Sicily. Small in numbers yet very powerful as they are the biggest loan sharks in the New York Metro area. The Luchetti family share the syndicate for business sites with the Borghese family. No other family can open any business without the permission of either the Luchettis or Borgheses. Just as the weapons trade syndicate run by the Montano and Garrone families, this in exchange for the Gambino family monopoly on gambling. The Luchetti family owns a chain of 60 sports betting offices spread all over the city, several small legalinsurance and finance companies on Staten Island as well as 3 exclusive restaurants in Little Italy.
Luca “El Professore” Luchetti was born and raised in Sicily, moving to New York aged 35. He studied Law and Economics in Palermo, Sicily. He earned his nickname “The Professor” for lecturing the other bosses on Italian traditions and Cosa Nostra codes of honor such as “Omertá” (code of silence) and so called “Ten Commandements”. He is said to despise Americans and is known for his resistance to other families recruiting members of non-Sicilian descent. As honorary consul for Sicilian affairs for the Italian government and Italian-American Chamber of Commerce Don Luchetti enjoys diplomatic immunity.
Paul "Big Paul" Borghese
According to the IRS the Borghese Family is without any doubt the richest of all five families.Their family fortune started with a modest olive oil trading company in 1921. Just as the other four families the foundation of their extreme wealth was built during the phohibition era where the production and sales of liquor was under total control of the five families, sharing the fortune among themselves. Meanwhile, the Borghese family have become so succesful in the food and restaurant business that they are believed to make more money legally than with their illegal activities. The Luchetti family would greatly benefit from the Borgheses leaving the business syndicate to continue as a legitimate family business but this would never happen as long as Paul Borghese is alive.
Paul Borghese is the oldest son in a family of 8 children with 5 younger brothers and 2 older sisters.Unlike the other families, all 8 brothers and sisters have a say in important decisions. Some say “Big Paul” would not even know what to do without the guidance of his wife and especially his two sisters. Growing up as a rich kid, attending private schools in Switzerland and the UK did not make Paul Borghese a sophisticated or well mannered man. He seems to be driven purely by his emotion and perhaps even more by his passion for Italian food. This food-loving family man does however have a dark side anyone can tell. Don Borgheses anger explosions are legendary. Even the mayor is said to be so afraid of him that he never eats anywhere else than in one of the 152 restaurants owned by the Borghese family.