John "Lucky" Gamboni
The Gamboni family is the biggest and most respected of all five families with a combined leadership over the Commission of over 50 years. Originally based in Brooklyn, their base moved to New Jersey after Vito Gamboni died of natural causes in 1966 and Salvatore “Big Sal” Masserano took over control. Big Sal formed the weapons trade and business site syndicates in exchange for complete control over gambling in in all 5 boroughs plus New Jersey.
Some people say Big Sal had been talking to the FBI in an attempt to keep all of his casino’s and control over gambling after it would be completely legalised in the State of New York. Although nobody believes he would actually break the code of silence or rat on others in any way, him being seen with FBI officials most likely got him killed. In the old days the Gambino family worked closely together with the latino street gangs who now feel abandoned as Masserano seems to have lost his connection to the streets being more and more involved in politics.
John “Lucky” Gamboni was lucky to escape from a fire that killed his older brother Carlo at the age of 13. Some say John started the fire himself but nobody ever lived to tell what John Gamboni’s response would be for this accusation. Don Gamboni, running the family casinos and strip clubs is known as a control freak, never rolling the dice before carefully calculating the odds. As he saw the odds of Masserano appointing him as boss diminish, people say John Gamboni must have felt compelled to help change the odds in his favour whilst dealing the blame card to someone else.
Jimmy "Frank White" "Meatballs" Carna
The Garrone Family invested their prohibition fortune in bricks. Controlling 4 out of the 5 most important unions, it is said that the Garrone family made money on 80% of any high rise building in New York built between 1930 and 1980. In addition to their Construction business, The Garrone family controls most of the garbage disposal in the Greater New York area. The part they do not control, New Jersey and half of Brooklyn, is ran by the Gamboni family.
Although part of the weapons trade syndicate, this has never been a big part of their operation until five years ago. Understanding that power is more important than money, the Garrone family continues to increase their grip on the streets where other families leave gaps.
Jimmy “Frank White” Carna was adopted into the Garrone family after being caught stealing thomb stones at the Queens graveyard. Story is that he had been stealing and sandblasting them to re-sell for years before getting caught. Vicenzo Garrone recognized himself in young Jimmy and put him to work in a low level position after officially adopting him. Although his real name is Jimmy Garrone, he keeps using the Jimmy Carna name to avoid confusion with his uncle Jimmy Garrone. His endless ambition and love for lime light earned him the nickname “Frank White” aka “The King of New York”. His love for using the grinder of their garbage disposal companies to get rid of certain things earned him his other nickname: “Meatballs”.
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.