Beginning with a single college bookstore in 1965, Mr. Riggio built Barnes and Noble, one of the largest enterprises in the history of American retail. He is widely known as a visionary in the bookselling industry, and as a brilliant marketer and entrepreneur.
Having realized his goal of making books and the world of ideas available to the general public, is now using his innovation and entrepreneurial mindset t restore community, hope and housing to hard-working families who had lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the infamous levee failure through Project Home Again. This unique program allows families who are saddled with damaged homes that they are unable to repair to exchange their old house for a new Project Home Again home. They have already completed more than 40 homes in Gentilly and is continuing to build additional homes in the St. Anthony neighborhood