Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida. She is the daughter of Joan Grande, the Brooklyn-born chief executive officer of Hose-McCann Communications, a marine communications equipment company, and Edward Butera, a graphic design firm owner in Boca Raton. Ariana Grande, Actress: Sam & Cat. Ariana was born on June 26, in Boca Raton to Joan Marguerite Grande, a chief executive officer for Hose-McCann Communications & Edward Charles Butera, a graphic designer/founder of IBI Designs Inc. Jul 23, · Ariana's grandfather died Tuesday. He's also the grandpa of Ariana's brother, Frankie Grande, who's a contestant on "Big Brother." It seems just before he died the grandfather knew Frankie might bail from the show if he found out, so one of grandpa's last wishes was to keep his death a secret from Frankie.