Haiti's Elite - The 1 Percent

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Link: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/12/haitis_1_percent

Is there a story about Haiti that doesn't mention the Caribbean nation's dubious honor of being "the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere"? Few have ever heard about Haiti's wealthy elite, most of whom came to the island from France, Lebanon, Syria, Germany, or Jamaica at the beginning of the last century -- families that chose to invest in a country where nothing seems to endure.


Despite, but sometimes thanks to, the absence of a functioning government, rich Haitians have prospered mainly in the import-export business. One percent of Haitians control 50 percent of the country's economy, and its top 500 taxpayers generate 80 percent of its tax revenues. They are also active in the textile industry, where they subcontract for American multinationals, as well as in construction and agriculture.


But wealth doesn't buy love. Writer Lyonel Trouillot famously labeled the local bourgeoisie as the "Most Repugnant Elite" for reducing Haiti, known as the "Pearl of the Antilles" when it was a French colony, to a state of abject poverty. In these impenetrable homes nestled in the hills overlooking Port-au-Prince, huge parties are held around swimming pools and in ritzy hotels, gyms, and salons. Here's an intimate look at Haiti's 1 percent.



Below, businessman Gregory Brandt.
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Involved in the soap and oil sector, he is president of the Franco-Haitian Chamber of Commerce. "My children studied abroad, but they chose to come back to Haiti, despite the situation. It is my greatest source of pride.


Eric Jean-Baptiste, owner of Père Eternel, Haiti's second-biggest lottery.
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He's a larger-than-life, self-styled entrepreneur from the Haitian middle class. Today there is not a block in the capital of Port-au-Prince or the entire country that does not have at least two or three lottery stands. The son of a leader in President François "Papa Doc" Duvalier's feared paramilitary force, the Tonton Macoutes, Jean-Baptiste has utter contempt for the mulatto elite that rules the core of the Haitian economy.


Haitian of Syrian descent
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At the Milano, a posh beauty salon in Pétionville, a Haitian of Syrian descent, Zureki Zakour, 21, gets her nails and hair done.


Pascale Théard luxury shoe stylist
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Pascale Théard is a luxury shoe stylist, interior designer, and heir to a Haitian tycoon. She has recently decorated the offices of Haiti's new president and is a strong promoter of local artists and handicrafts. -Relaxing with her children at home.


Philippe Dodard and his wife
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Philippe Dodard and his wife in their house in the hills above Pétionville. Mr. Dodard is an artist who has become very close to the establishment and regularly receives commissions from banks and major Haitian companies. His sculptures and paintings grace the homes of many of the Haitian elite.


Trainer Dufaide Desgranges
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Trainer Dufaide Desgranges leads a spinning class at Ultimate Fitness, a luxury fitness club in Pétionville. Pedaling furiously is Patrice Bayard (in white T-shirt), a vice president of Access Haiti, one of the main Internet providers for the country; Claudie Marsan, a prominent business lawyer, raises her hands in the air.


Marc-Antoine Acra of Acra Industries
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Marc-Antoine Acra runs, with his extended family, Acra Industries, an industrial group that manufactures metal sheeting for construction, paper and plastic bags, and plastic plumbing pipes. They are also the country's biggest importer of rice and sugar. He walks with his daughter at his estate above Port-au-Prince; his family purchased the surrounding land to ensure the view is not marred by construction.
 
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Is there a story about Haiti that doesn't mention the Caribbean nation's dubious honor of being "the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere"?

I just can't get passed this here. Is this serious?

OP do you notice rhe lack of melonin in the list above despite Haiti population being predominantly black?
 
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this is a really old article. and i think it's been posted before.

and the 1 percent of rich hatians make their american counterparts look like country bumpkins. this might not be common knowledge amongst your average american but it's not like it's some huge secret.

the miami herald just did a super flattering profile of "shoe stylist and heiress" pascale theaud (one of the people profiled in the above article), who was creative director of the new best western that just opened in petionville: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/26/3838383/haitis-luxury-brand-hotel-is-a.html

rich people in haiti are CHILLING.
 

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Good for them?
Except id be more impressed if they were just as successful in their home countries.
 

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this is a really old article. and i think it's been posted before.

and the 1 percent of rich hatians make their american counterparts look like country bumpkins. this might not be common knowledge amongst your average american but it's not like it's some huge secret.

the miami herald just did a super flattering profile of "shoe stylist and heiress" pascale theaud (one of the people profiled in the above article), who was creative director of the new best western that just opened in petionville: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/26/3838383/haitis-luxury-brand-hotel-is-a.html

rich people in haiti are CHILLING.

The two currencies are different so it's hard to compare. Besides Americans get taxed like crazy & our government is much more developed.

Again, I'm not impressed until I see their net worth's in U.S. Dollars.
 
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The two currencies are different so it's hard to compare. Besides Americans get taxed like crazy & our government is much more developed.

Again, I'm not impressed until I see their net worth's in U.S. Dollars.

I think most of these people would be like upper-middle class, at best, in any developed country.
 

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I think most of these people would be like upper-middle class, at best, in any developed country.

This was the point I was trying to make.

I wonder how the Haitian people feel about this.
 
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The two currencies are different so it's hard to compare. Besides Americans get taxed like crazy & our government is much more developed.

Again, I'm not impressed until I see their net worth's in U.S. Dollars.

i live between brooklyn and haiti and trust me i know- these people are fucking rich as fuck. the first time i visited i ran with a bunch of 20 somethings who explained to me, "we're not the elite-elite but we are right below that level," and they were better educated, more well traveled and better tended to than your average upper-upper middle class american. they all live in port au prince and treat miami as a hop stop for shopping and doctor's appointments.

and haiti is a VERY expensive country to live in- everything (food, clothing, building supplies, electronics) is imported from the u.s. so you're paying base american prices plus an additional 75 percent for pretty much everything. labor is the ONLY thing that is cheap in haiti.
 

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i live between brooklyn and haiti and trust me i know- these people are freaking rich as freak. the first time i visited i ran with a bunch of 20 somethings who explained to me, "we're not the elite-elite but we are right below that level," and they were better educated, more well traveled and better tended to than your average upper-upper middle class american. they all live in port au prince and treat miami as a hop stop for shopping and doctor's appointments.

and haiti is a VERY expensive country to live in- everything (food, clothing, building supplies, electronics) is imported from the u.s. so you're paying base american prices plus an additional 75 percent for pretty much everything. labor is the ONLY thing that is cheap in haiti.

Again, I am not impressed until I see their net worth's in U.S dollars. :)
 
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Sooo...that revolution worked out really well for some people....too bad the masses are probably living in abject poverty.
 
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so i should be happy that these wealthy elite are exploiting the country. HELLe no. show me where they are trying to invest in infrastructure, education, clean water and small businesses. why make a thread thanking the filthy rich for their exploitation. BLACK PEOPLE WHEN WILL YOU LEARN.
 
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I am always amazed to see black people living like dogs in their native lands. I expect it in America but when I see shit like this I know that fuckery is afoot. Jesus be a revolution.

Why is there what I assume to be a "black" font in here cheerleading to non-black elites of Haiti & then comparing them to upperclass Americans? What do Americans even have to do with this? Did the article not say this is the 1% ? I expect/hope them to be above and beyond the "average" person from any country. :disdain: :eyeroll:

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[MENTION=80578]viki[/MENTION]ng or anyone else who has knowledge of this subject...I recently met a Hatian born man. Nice looking. He says he is creole. He is dark skinned with light eyes. He went to college outside of Boston. He says he had a very comfortable upbringing in Haiti. He also went to grade school in France. He told me not to believe all we see on tv.

But considering I have never met anyone from Haiti and usually all u hear about is dire poverty....can u give me some insight on the customs of Haitian men? I don't want to ask him 'dumb questions'.
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[MENTION=80578]viki[/MENTION]ng or anyone else who has knowledge of this subject...I recently met a Hatian born man. Nice looking. He says he is creole. He is dark skinned with light eyes. He went to college outside of Boston. He says he had a very comfortable upbringing in Haiti. He also went to grade school in France. He told me not to believe all we see on tv.

But considering I have never met anyone from Haiti and usually all u hear about is dire poverty....can u give me some insight on the customs of Haitian men? I don't want to ask him 'dumb questions'.
Thx

Not all of Haiti is dirt poor.

None of my friends were poor and none of my family grew up poor. My dad still has his house in Haiti which he goes back to frequently. My uncle lives by the beach.

Haitian men are severe mommas boys...thats all
 
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I am always amazed to see black people living like dogs in their native lands. I expect it in America but when I see stuff like this I know that freakery is afoot. Jesus be a revolution.

Why is there what I assume to be a "black" font in here cheerleading to non-black elites of Haiti & then comparing them to upperclass Americans? What do Americans even have to do with this? Did the article not say this is the 1% ? I expect/hope them to be above and beyond the "average" person from any country. :disdain: :eyeroll:

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The op isnt black and neither is that font arguing about America
 
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There are rich elites in every country. This is not something to brag about. Most of them just exploit the poor. But yes to those of you wondering, these rich elites are making comparable amounts to any rich elite in a first world country. They are not just upper middle class.
 
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No discussion of Haiti's elite is complete without a serious and long discussion of the mulatto elite who have jacked up that country for centuries after Haiti took its independence. Of course, also the French elite. Those Middle Easterners, Jamaicans, and Germans who are part of Haiti's elite are, in comparison, Johnny-come-latelys.

Nothing wrong with making money (I'm pro-capitalism), but when your country's population is also not prospering that's highly problematic. It demonstrates incompetence and piss-poor business and political leadership. How do these people sleep at night?
 
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this is a really old article. and i think it's been posted before.

and the 1 percent of rich hatians make their american counterparts look like country bumpkins. this might not be common knowledge amongst your average american but it's not like it's some huge secret.

the miami herald just did a super flattering profile of "shoe stylist and heiress" pascale theaud (one of the people profiled in the above article), who was creative director of the new best western that just opened in petionville: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/26/3838383/haitis-luxury-brand-hotel-is-a.html

rich people in haiti are CHILLING.




The 99% are intelligent enough to not even try comparing the 1% to any other group. They just want to live, eat and do better. It would be nice if SOME didn't have to risk their lives to leave in those rickety rafts.
 
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Not all of Haiti is dirt poor.

None of my friends were poor and none of my family grew up poor. My dad still has his house in Haiti which he goes back to frequently. My uncle lives by the beach.

Haitian men are severe mommas boys...thats all

what does 'momma boys' mean? Like they don't like to work or go to school? So far, this Haitian dude has been very sweet and generous with the funds. any examples you'd like to give would be GREATLY appreciative.
 
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Oh my Haitian friend said, 'its not like we were multi millionaires while living in Haiti. We only had two live in servants.'

I'm thinking, 'fool my grandmother born and raised in South Carolina was a servant/house keeper.' But I didn't want him to think I was a peasant. LOL
 
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Oh my Haitian friend said, 'its not like we were multi millionaires while living in Haiti. We only had two live in servants.'

I'm thinking, 'fool my grandmother born and raised in South Carolina was a servant/house keeper.' But I didn't want him to think I was a peasant. LOL

Having live in help in the developing world is not the same as it is in the US. I'm sure it doesn't cost much to have live in help in Haiti. My good friend had a live in maid/cook when she lived in Ecuador because she could afford it. And she hardly made any money.
 
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Gross. Why the F are the elite in a BLACK country non-black? FOH. This is nothing to be broadcasting and humble bragging about.

OP is a Dominican that constantly talks down on AA's and those of the African Diaspora. Considering the internal conflict currently happening between Haitians and Dominicans it's completely transparent why he's reposting this extremely old article. OP doesn't even consider himself a ("full") Black man either.
 
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Oh my Haitian friend said, 'its not like we were multi millionaires while living in Haiti. We only had two live in servants.'

I'm thinking, 'fool my grandmother born and raised in South Carolina was a servant/house keeper.' But I didn't want him to think I was a peasant. LOL

I'd consider everything this man had to say. He is either going all out with or without fabrications impress you, or totally aloof of the other 99%. I'd really hate for it to the be latter. I find it curious he ids as a Creole, considering he may or may not be a part of the elite. Is either one of his parents not of the elite?

Haiti does have its elite, as pointed out by this article,but from what I've read/heard, especially on the earlier together elite colors stick together. There has even been mention of intermarriage.

Haitian men, although I hate to generalize do tend to be moma's boys, hard working, religious, depending on upbringing. Some, like any other man, are incorrigible cheaters, its like the concept of monogamy does not apply to them,again this may also be cause of upbringing...it can go either way,either what they saw father, uncle did....or it is detested, and he vow never to do. Cooking has to be up to par...you may not compete with mother, (even if you cut close). You may have learned January 1 was the 210th anniversary of Haiti`s independence,the importance, after our Independence is our valued soup joumou, squash soup. Haitians don't negotiate this at all! We live for this soup! Haitian men also tend to be conservative and traditional.
 
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I'd consider everything this man had to say. He is either going all out with or without fabrications impress you, or totally aloof of the other 99%. I'd really hate for it to the be latter. I find it curious he ids as a Creole, considering he may or may not be a part of the elite. Is either one of his parents not of the elite?

Haiti does have its elite, as pointed out by this article,but from what I've read/heard, especially on the earlier together elite colors stick together. There has even been mention of intermarriage.

Haitian men, although I hate to generalize do tend to be moma's boys, hard working, religious, depending on upbringing. Some, like any other man, are incorrigible cheaters, its like the concept of monogamy does not apply to them,again this may also be cause of upbringing...it can go either way,either what they saw father, uncle did....or it is detested, and he vow never to do. Cooking has to be up to par...you may not compete with mother, (even if you cut close). You may have learned January 1 was the 210th anniversary of Haiti`s independence,the importance, after our Independence is our valued soup joumou, squash soup. Haitians don't negotiate this at all! We live for this soup! Haitian men also tend to be conservative and traditional.

Hi [MENTION=24482]BelleFemme[/MENTION],
you write like someone I could actually hang out with! Yes he told me about the wonderful soup. We are in the 'friend' stage but he seems quite smitten. He said he loves hard. He does not buy into stereotypes at all. So that makes it kind of hard for me to know is this normal or abnormal. He is educated. No kids. At least that is what he tells me. He LOVES Haiti. I mean according to him it is the most beautiful place on God's green earth.

he also loves himself! LOL. He said 'oh your family will love me. Its not that I will try hard, its just who I am. They will love me.'

okkkkay!
 
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Haitian men expect to be treated like a King.

It also depends is you are dealing with Americanized Haitian guys or straight off the boat ones.
 

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