José “Pepe” Fanjul, who co-owns the Flo-Sun and the Fanjul conglomerate, was robbed at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills hotel during their Oscar-week visit. A man posing as a hotel employee stole jewelry and other valuables from the billionaire and his wife. The New York Post has the story:
The Cuban-born sugar baron — one of the world’s richest men — and his wife, Emilia, were robbed by a man posing as a hotel worker Friday night. A source told us, “They were riding up in the elevator when a man in a blue uniform with ‘hotel’ written on his shirt started to talk Spanish to Pepe (inset). They both got off on the same floor, and Pepe and his wife went into their suite. They then heard a knock on the door. It was the man in the elevator, who said, ‘I am here to fix your air conditioner.’ They let him in, and he took valuables including Emilia’s jewels — thought to be worth millions — and fled.”
The Palm Beach-based couple, in town for Oscar celebrations, were unhurt but shaken up. Hotel security is believed to have ID’d the perp from videotape but no arrests have been made. Fanjul confirmed to us, “We were victims of a robbery at the hotel. He took my wife’s jewelry that was both valuable and sentimental. We are OK and have reported the incident to the police.” The LAPD said they didn’t yet have details and a Four Seasons rep didn’t get back to us.
Major embarrassment for Four Seasons, I imagine. Next time one of the Fanjul brothers visits the Oscars, they might have to buy a house to stay in.