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My Meadowview Farm

My Meadowview is owned by Leonard Riggio, the chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world's largest bookseller. In addition, he is the chairman and principal shareholder of several privately-held companies, including Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, serving more than 500 college and universities across America. In all, the companies run by Mr. Riggio operate almost 3,000 retail stores and employ more than 80,000 people. Beginning with a single college bookstore in 1965, Mr. Riggio built one of the largest enterprises in the history of American retail. Mr. Riggio devotes himself, as well, to many philanthropic initiatives, having served on nearly two dozen not-for-profit boards. Currently, he is chairman of the board of the Dia Art Foundation, an internationally renowned art institution, and serves on the boards of the Children's Defense Fund, the Black Children's Community Crusade, the Brooklyn Tech Foundation, and the Italian American Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Frederick Douglas Medallion. He also lectures regularly on college campuses, has delivered several commencement addresses, and has been the keynote speaker to numerous educational and business groups across the country.