Bon vivant and banker Richard Gaff is well-known for the vibrant, vintage-inspired styles he wears to galas, fundraisers, and polo tournaments. A team financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Palm Beach Gardens, the Wellington resident works with high-net worth families and businesses to manage their investments and credit. In 2004, while serving as an Army military police officer on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, he provided security and oversaw infrastructure projects like the building of new schools and hospitals. Today, when he’s not spending time with his nieces and nephews, he supports cancer organizations and children’s causes including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
PREFERRED FASHION DESIGNER Lilly Pulitzer
WORK UNIFORM Black Label suits from Saks Fifth Avenue, a tie or bow tie from Hermès, and Stubbs and Wootton shoes
SIGNATURE FASHION ACCESSORY A bow tie and colorful clothes
RECENT COVETED PURCHASE An orange-and-black, vintage Lilly Pulitzer tiger-print jacket
FAVORITE PALM BEACH RESTAURANTS BrickTop’s for lunch, Meat Market for dinner, HMF for a late-night drink, and Avocado Grill for brunch
BELOVED BITES The prime rib and bananas Foster at The Colony in Palm Beach. They carve the prime rib and flambé the bananas Foster tableside.
SIGNATURE TIPPLE Johnnie Walker Black on the rocks
STAYS HOME TO WATCH Ancient Aliens on the History Channel
MUST-HAVE GADGET A shoehorn
READING NOW Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage, and Love by Bret Baier
ALWAYS LISTENING TO Brooke Eden and saxophonist Marck Morgan
WORTH THE SPLURGE Custom clothing
GUILTY PLEASURE Checking Facebook posts for spelling and grammar
BEST WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY EVENING Dancing the night away at a charity event
THE PERFECT LAZY SUNDAY Brunching, bike riding, and relaxing at the beach
NEVER LEAVES HOME WITHOUT Business cards
PALM BEACH OBSESSION The Breakers
WISH LIST Learn to ride a horse
IN HIS CARRY-ON A Red Sox hat, a J.Crew button-down shirt, Lucky Brand blue jeans, and Sperry shoes
FAVORITE SUPERHERO Batman, because he’s fashionable and always has the best gadgets.
MOST-ADMIRED HISTORICAL FIGURE Walt Disney
BUCKET LIST Go skydiving and buy an old muscle car for weekend driving