The Haiti Files

EXCLUSIVE: Haitian Billionaire Gilbert Bigio’s Building Ablaze

On Monday, April 9, 2018, one of Gilbert Bigio’s commercial buildings was burned down when the structure was set ablaze by suspected arson. A well-known Haitian billionaire, Bigio is the founder of BG Group and the wealthiest person in Haiti – a man who is very well connected.

Haiti has been spiraling out of control with drug trafficking and gangs ever since the Clinton’s invasion after the 2010 earthquake, but as of recent, things are really heating up. It has become dangerously unsafe to walk the streets of Haiti.

Bigio is from a Sephardic Jewish family from Aleppo, Syria, whose family emigrated to Haiti in 1896. My source, a native to Haiti, tells me that Bigio made most of his money in manufacturing iron for construction, as well as other construction related business – and his connections run deep.

“He does not allow competition and will crush anyone trying to compete with everything he produces or imports. Bigio knows how to survive in a country like Haiti. He has a private army of about 80 men protecting himself, his home and establishments. He also makes full use of every military, paramilitary, and police force in the country. Every chief of police is on his payroll. Every powerful member of the defunct military is also on his payroll. He controls the ministry of finances, the Authorité Portuaire National (APN). He has close ties to IDF (Israeli Defense Force), and uses about 10 Israeli commandos for his personal security when he feels the situation is at a critical point.”

Bigio is well-connected, there is no question about it. My source goes on to state, “Bigio also controls the port of Port-au-Prince and the port in Miragoane. The Israeli’s helped him built the Port of Lafito, making it a very modern port where he can enter anything he wants without control from APN. He also has powerful lobbyists in Washington D.C. to help him keep control of his assets in Haiti.”

This begs the question… with all of this security and control, who had access and dared to start such a fire? There are whispers looming about Bigio purchasing a resort hotel in Spain. If this is the case, is Bigio looking to relocate and leave Haiti for good?

Corey Lynn is an investigative journalist. Support her by becoming a Patron. Follow her at coreysdigs.com and on twitter: @coreysdigs

7 Comments

  • Raphaël Jean

    So the rumors that Haïti is under an apartheid system is true.With the complicity of the (bourgeoisie the afranchi government midle class and Christian religion).The business of human trafficking and organs are flourishing.
    Who is really ready to tell the truth about what’s going on there.
    Will Haïti become a refuge from the middle east problems thus the force expulsion of the masses?

  • The general

    Fuck him has he given anything to build the Haitian people. No longer are foreigners like this make billions on the backs od people while keeping the power locked down on the people. Burn all his shit and every snakes who are not pro Haitian. Haiti will be free and this time it it will be debt free tyrant free. All colonizers must go!!

  • Reggie

    These are neither rumors nor news. And I feel like those people were send to Haiti as part of the efforts to destroy for the same reasons for the 50 years embargo. Bigio is one of many Trojan horses in Haiti. Watch
    Quantum of Solace and listen to what the bad guy…. that’s Bigio for you.

  • Franck d

    This Motherfucker ain’t see anything yet
    Those motherfucker control the country longtime ago is not about corruption only
    Fuck all of them those guy’s they the ones who destroy our country

  • John santino

    The bourgeoisie in Haiti cares only about themselves,they don’t give a danm about the Haitian people.They don’t even do the roads that goes to their houses.they are worst than ISIS.When you say Bigio,Madsen,Mews,Acra and so on , it is like a circle making a fortune out of haitian people but they are not there to get Haiti ou of it’s misery.Man I miss Francois Duvalier and Aristide

  • Mariejo

    Those people did contribute to destroyed the people of Haiti from whom the became so rich
    Time for Karma