Reynald Vito Grattagliano

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Reynald Vito Grattagliano
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BornOctober 28, 1955
Avignon, France
Alma materCollege Saint Joseph Avignon (no degree)

University of Montpellier

UCLA 1972
  • Entrepreneur
  • Perfumer
  • Chemist
  • Inventor
Years active1974-present
Net worthUS $600 Million
Title• Founder, head chemist of Arkay Beverages

• CEO of DutyFreeZone Inc • Founder of Chase Chemical Company UK and Licor Zone Inc Mexico

• Co-founder of The 1651 Club Miami (Non profit organization)
  • Linda Morren (m. 1975 div. 1981)​
  • Clara Harrick (m. 1986; div. 2004)​
  • Sylvie Seguinaud (m. 2010; div. 2021)​

Kevin Grattagliano Mother Linda Morren Marcel Katz Mother Clara Harrick

Donna Katz Mother Clara Harrick

Reynald Vito Grattagliano born October 28, 1955) is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, perfumer, chemist and inventor. He is the founder, Chief executive officer of DutyFreeZone Inc; and head chemist of Arkay Beverages; founder of a non-profit organization to help people to stay away from the alcohol.

Grattagliano was born and raised in Avignon, France, of a French mother and Italian father. He briefly attended the University of Montpellier before moving on 1972 to continue studying at University of California, Los Angeles 1973 moved to England at 18 years old to start a nail polish plant with his partner Dennis Read; Chase Chemical Company LTD was incorporated in 1973 and sold to ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) in 1977.

In 1978 moved to Italy to open a lipstick plant in Milano, which was the first ‘’Industrial co-operative company” in Italy, a co-operative structure where the employees are co-owners of the business and share the profits equally. In 1982 moved to Iraq to become the head cosmetic buyer at Orosdi department stores in Baghdad.

In May 1986 moved to Miami and founded Parfi Perfumes Inc launching the world first budget price perfume with brands such as Objection, Born In the USA; Scarlett, Rosebud; Parfinity, Pablo Giordano, Potion and From France to You; The Scarlett brand was sold to L'Oréal in 2005.

In January 1996 became the head perfume buyer of the ministry of internal trade of China, becoming the first foreign national working for the Chinese government.

In October 1998 started, the world’s first virtual duty-free shop on the planet. In November 1998 moved to Curacao to expand operations. In 2000 moved from Curaçao to Panama to extend operations of, from the Colon Free Zone to the world.

In May 2007 started to work on Arkay W.A.R.M molecule which is the main ingredient of Arkay the world's first non-alcoholic whisky. In November 2011 launched in Fort Lauderdale Florida ‘’Arkay’’ the world's first alcohol free spirits collection. Which set the milestones that now set him as the creator and pioneer of the alcohol-free spirits movement that later on inspired Diageo and Pernod Ricard to make poor copies of Arkay’s formula.[1]

In 2012 launched in Glasgow Scotland the world first Scotch Whisky packed in a tin can

In 2012 moved to Dubai to open Arkay UAE and operation in the middle east[2]

In January 2014 moved back to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to open the first drive-in supermarket in the USA A New Concept in Grocery Shopping in Fort Lauderdale with[3]

In March 2015 invented the first latex cap for tin,, EEC Patent 001989419-0001 and US Patent D 712 258[4]

Reynald Vito Grattagliano Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search[5]

In 2015 obtained the export authorization from John Kerry, USA Commerce Secretary of State to produce Arkay in Iran; a project that was banned a few months later by the US commerce department because of tension between Iran and the US. U.S. Approves Export of Soft Drinks to Iran - Global Trade Magazine.

In September 2018 created the Mexican Whisky Association in Mexico.

Early life and family

Reynald Vito Grattagliano

Was born on October 28, 1955, in Avignon, Provence, France His mother is Renee Duveau (née Katz), a paint artist born in Vesoul, France raised in Germany. His father is Ugo Grattagliano, an Italian perfumer. His maternal grandfather was deported during the war. His paternal grandmother had both Monaco and Italian ancestry.

Grattagliano lived mostly with his parents in the suburbs of Avignon, Grattagliano has become estranged from his father, whom he has described as "a terrible human being... Almost every evil thing you could possibly think of, he has done." He also has a half-sister on his mother's side.

During his childhood, Grattagliano was an avid learner. At the age of 8 he developed an interest in physics and made a real cable car when he was only 10-year-old. He learned chemistry using a manual, by the age of 12 he started a business of jewelry that consisted of selling hand-made jewelry to tourists during summer on the festival of Avignon.

Grattagliano was always bullied throughout his childhood as from Italian immigrant on his father side and Jew from his mother side He attended Lycée Saint-Joseph of Avignon and briefly the university of Montpellier until he travelled to California.

Although Grattagliano's father insisted that Reynald go to college in Avignon, Grattagliano became determined to move to the United States, saying "I remember thinking and seeing that America is where great things are possible, more than any other country in the world."Grattagliano knew it would be easier to get to the United States from France just before his 16th birthday.


Grattagliano attended Lycée Saint-Joseph of Avignon, the UCLA summer school for six months, came back to France to study perfumes and chemistry.

Business career

  • Chase Chemical Company UK
  • Parfi Perfumes Inc USA
  • Transamerica Distributor Inc USA
  • From France To You Inc USA
  • Derol Inc USA
  • Perfume Warehousing International Inc USA
  • Duty Free Zone Inc USA[6]
  • Dipaco SA Panama
  • Fundación Gamboa Panama
  • DPCZL Colombia
  • Duty Free Zone NC Curacao
  • Scottish Spirits LTD UK
  • Genie Spirits Inc USA
  • The Best Spirits Company Mexico[7]
  • Licor Zone Mexico[8]
  • Arkay Beverages Mexico[9]
  • Mexican Whisky Association Mexico[8]
  • Tomtom SA de CV Mexico
  • Scottish Spirits PTY India[10]
  • Arkay Beverages LLC Dubai


  1. Hopkins, Amy (11 May 2015). "Halal cocktail range tastes 'exactly like liquor'".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Arkay UAE".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Duty Free Food". dun & branstreet.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "No More Drink Spilling While Drinking and Driving Thanks to a Revolutionary Silicone Lid Called "FRENCH CAN-DOM"!". GlobeNewswire. March 30, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Resealable cap". JUSTIA Patents. March 19, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Entrepreneur Launches Online Duty-Free Mall". GlobeNewswire. November 16, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "The First Mexican Whisky is Born!". Cision PR Newswire. October 7, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sánchez Fermín, Sheila (9 December 2019). "Este empresario quiere producir whisky mexicano". Expansion.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. Murphy, Sean (January 10, 2019). "SWA to challenge American company over 'alcohol free whisky' labelling". Scotsman.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. Muessig, Ben (2 January 2012). "Scotch In A Can: Whisky Maker Scottish Spirits Adds Aluminum Siding To Liquor". Huffpost.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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