Richard Cantarella, the 73-year-old patriarch, is a former mob captain who turned on his associates in order to protect his family and remove them from the dangers associated with life within the mafia. Richard grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and knew everyone there was to know in town. At 18 years old, Richard met the love of his life, Lauretta, right down the block from where he grew up, and the two have been married for 52 years.
Richard has always been a businessman, dabbling in a wide array of industries from restaurants to newspapers, real estate, and parking lots. In 2005, the family relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, and in 2006 they opened up their first car wash, followed by another in 2008. Richard's hobbies include drawing and painting, and in the future he hopes to resume his interest in real estate.