Friday, May 24, 2024

Starbucks Owner Howard Schultz, Now Considering Presidential Run, Used to Play Cards in Brooklyn Mob Social Club


Now that Starbucks owner Howard Schultz has declared his intentions to run for president, his past is about to come rolling out.

First up: journalist Tom Robbins tweeted out today that Schultz used to play cards with mobsters in Canarsie in the early 80s. The story was in Robbins’ and Jerry Capeci’s 2013 book, “Mob Boss.” Robbins says Schultz declined to answer questions about this episode. The Bruno Howard Schultz used to hang out with was Bruno Facciola, an Italian-American mobster in the Lucchese crime family from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, who worked under Capo Paul Vario. He was the brother of Gambino crime family mob associate Louis Facciolo. He was a hit man, and I don’t mean in the record business. He was executed by a fellow mobster in 1990.

And so it begins. Will Schultz’s ego about running for president lead to lots of unfortunate revelations? What do you think?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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