- "I know Trapani, I tried to bring him on a land deal in Florida. He's a smart man... property's under six fucking feet of swamp right now."
- ―Rico Granados[src]
The Don of the Mexican Granados family, Rico was originally a captain in Mexican army with his brother-in-arms Stanley Jimenez later they split from army and they went Cuba and they meet Esteban Almeida ın 1940 and they joined Almeida family. Rico and Stanley both became underbosses of Almeida Crime family, Esteban gave running audience of Almeida's property development operation tp Rico and Stanley. Granados and Jimenez also invited their brothers, cousins and any other male relatives to join Almeida family. Rico and Stanley gained their power through property development, yet it was not long before criminals attempted to attack their properties, and rather than be cowed, they decided that they could make more money by hiring thugs into his deals which eventually helped him in reaching 'untouchable' status. Rico Granados and Stanley Jimenez seperated from Almeida family and created the Granados crime family in 1947 but their cousins, brothers and other male relatives decided to stay in the Almeida family. The Grandos family was backed by Mexican drug lords who saw potential in Rico and helped him create the most feared crime family in the United States.
Rico and Roth
Rico was at Hyman Roth's birthday party in Havana, Cuba, where he was to be given a portion of Roth's business empire, specifically the Hotel National. He was also known to be allies with the Mangano family, and was keen to have the friendship of the Don of New York, Aldo Trapani, whom he was involved in property negotiations with. Trapani wisely rejected Granados' property deal, which was fortunate, as the building in question soon sank into the swamps of Florida. He also made attempts to ally himself with Samuele Mangano.
- "That's right. No me chingues."
- ―Don Rico Granados taunts Dominic[src]
Following the collapse of Fulgencio Batista's regime, Rico pulled out of Cuba and established his empire in Miami, where he became bitter enemies with Roth after disputes over property, even attempting to kill associates of his such as Vernon Strazzi and Bruce Bindo.
To defeat Granados, Roth called in Dominic, Aldo Trapani's replacement as Corleone Don of New York, who managed to free Roth's informant in the Granados family, Steven Ciccoricco and launched a campaign against the family. Rico was killed during the raid on his compound, wherein his entire empire was wiped out and given to the Trapani Crime Family.
Personality and traits
A charismatic figure, Rico became involved in a life of crime out of necessity, and was not as brutal as some of his counterparts unless he had been slighted, in which case he would respond quickly and wihout pity. He was a savvy businessman and operator from his legitimate days and could usually talk his way out of a violent situation. He respected his rivals even if they were opposed to him, such as Aldo Trapani who had turned down a landdeal in Florida that had cost Rico hundreds.
Behind the scenes
Rico was voiced by Vic Polizos.
Notes and refernces
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