Scott Frantz seldom played with toys when he was a boy. He was too busy learning to sail and fly. His father, Lee, owned both a marina on Long Island Sound and the Dutch airline Transavia, which had a satellite headquarters in nearby New York City.
Scott's older brother, Ted, and Scott's twin brother, Chris, had the same dream. Much of it had to do with their upbringing. The Frantz boys grew up in Greenwich. Their coastal home overlooked a tiny six-acre island that served as a year-round playground for the boys.
His father took him sailing and flying. His mother encouraged him to dream big, and she taught him the value of education. He attended a private grammar school and a boarding school before going off to Princeton. At 22 he had a degree and his pilot's license. By the spring of 1986, he was finishing up his MBA at Dartmouth. Then everything changed.
Chris, a commercial helicopter pilot, was transporting his friends in his helicopter, a Bell 206 JetRanger. They planned to depart from a hangar in Stamford. But by sundown there was no sign of them. Scott laid his brother to rest near his home on a spit of land that jutted out into Long Island Sound. Scott's mother never recovered from the loss. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and died just months later.
Early in 1989 he started his own investment firm not far from his childhood home in Greenwich. As a tribute to his younger brother, he helped establish a teen center in town, one of Chris' early ambitions. He also volunteered on numerous AmeriCares missions, making airlifts to Bosnia and Chechnya.
Scott and Icy married at Christ Church in Greenwich on Dec. 18, 1993. He was 33. She was 28. By 2000 they had three boys: a 4-year-old and a set of 3-year-old twins. They settled next to Scott's childhood home on the six-acre island.