Aristotle Onnassis

George Embiricos

Theodore & Gianna Angelopoulos

Dakis Joannou

Aristotle Socrates Onassis

(Greek: Αριστοτέλης Ωνάσης, Aristotelis Onasis; 20 January 1906 – 15 March 1975),[1] commonly called Ari or Aristo Onassis, was a Greek-Argentine[2][3] shipping magnate, who amassed the world’s largest privately owned shipping fleet and was one of the world’s richest and most famous men.[4] He was known for his business success, his great wealth and also his personal life, including his marriage to Athina Mary Livanos, daughter of shipping tycoon Stavros G. Livanos, his affair with famous opera singer Maria Callas and his marriage in 1968 to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of late American President John F. Kennedy.[5]

Onassis built up a fleet of freighters and tankers that eventually exceeded seventy vessels. Onassis’s fleet had Panamanian flags and sailed tax-free while operating at low cost. Because of this, Onassis could turn a profit in every transaction, even though he charged one of the lowest prices in the merchant navy market. Onassis made large profits when the Big Oil companies like Mobil, Socony, and Texaco signed long-term contracts at fixed prices with him for the use of his fleet, while having trouble managing their own fleets, which operated under US flags and thus at high cost.

George Embiricos

(Greek: Γεώργιος Α. Εμπειρίκος, Andreas A. Empeirikos; 1920–2011) was a Greek shipping magnate, and art collector, who owned several masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, Cézanne, Kandinsky, Picasso, van Gogh and Bacon, in his home in Lausanne, Switzerland.[1][2]

Embiricos attended Cambridge prior to the outbreak of World War II and subsequently obtained a law degree from the University of Athens. He then joined the family shipping business in London. In the late 1940s he moved to New York with his wife and set up his own shipping office. He started collecting art in New York while continuing his career for many years in the shipping business.[3] One of his innovations in shipping was conceiving the modern bulk carrier in 1954. While in New York he had two sons.

Theodore P. Angelopoulos

(born 1943) is a Greek shipping and steel magnate.

Angelopoulos lived in Switzerland for many years where he received his BSc in Business Administration from Zurich University. His family were pioneers in the Greek steel industry and began dealing in the dry cargo sector of the shipping industry in the early 1950s. He built an internationally based group of companies with interests in shipping and steel, and with investments in real estate and private equities, as well as other financial entities world wide.

In 1996, he established Metrostar Management in Athens, and entered the oil tanker market in the same year, with his company going on to become one of the world’s leading oil tanker operators. In 2002, he took control of the Dutch shipbuilding company oceAnco and he re-established it as a leading shipbuilder of custom-built luxury mega-yachts.

He is married to Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and has two nephews, Panagiotis Angelopoulos and Giorgos Angelopoulos.

Theodore and Gianna Angelopoulos | WORLD’S RICH PEOPLE | APR 18, 2017

Born Lonna Daskalaki in 1955, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is a Greek businesswoman. She is most notably known as the president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece and has been named as one of the 50 most powerful women by Forbes.

Critics often point out that she has an aggressive self-promoting nature but she always gets results as it was during her tenure as president of the Olympic Committee that Greece was able to prepare and host the Olympics successfully. In 1990, she got married a second time to Greek shipping and steel magnate Theodore Angelopoulos.


In 1995, Angelopoulos-Daskalaki co-chaired, along with Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison, a Harvard Leadership Symposium titled The Greek Paradox: Promise vs. Performance

Angelopoulos-Daskalaki Discusses ‘Greek Paradox’ In Harvard Speech | HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL | NOV 2, 2005

The address, titled “The Athens Games: Resolving the Greek Paradox,” focused on both the risks and costs Greece incurred in hosting the Games, and the long-range benefits that the nation is now beginning to accrue. Those benefits, Angelopoulos-Daskalaki said, include enhanced global perception of the New Greece; a growing tourism business; and a renewed self-confidence in Greece.

Gianna and Theodore Angelopoulos to Receive Lead100 Award for Excellence | GREEK NEWS | DEC 10, 2007

New York.- George D. Behrakis, Chairman of Leadership 100, announced that the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence will be given to two of its most prominent and long-time members, Mr. Theodore P. Angelopoulos and Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, for their accomplishments in business, public service and philanthropy. The Award will be presented at the Grand Banquet of the Leadership 100 17th Annual Conference in Palm Desert, California, on Saturday, February 16, 2008.

The couple is credited with Athensʼ successful bid and hosting of the 2004 Olympic Games. Heading Greeceʼs bid to host the Olympics in 1996, Gianna was appointed Ambassador-at-Large in 1998 for her talents and service to Greece. She was asked to take the presidency of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games in 2000 when slow progress put Athens in danger of losing the Olympic Games. Throughout, Theodore Angelopoulos, who is from one of the most prominent families in Greece and a leading industrialist and entrepreneur with international businesses interests and activities, played a pivotal role.

The Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding Greek Orthodox, Greek American, and other outstanding leaders who have excelled in their vocation and are committed to advancing the values of Orthodoxy and Hellenism in their lives and activities. Other recipients have included George J. Tenet, John D. Negroponte, Senators Paul S. Sarbanes and Olympia J. Snowe, Dimitis L. Avramopoulos, Melina Kanakaredes and Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos Announces Creation of the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program | PRNEWSWIRE | SEP 21, 2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — At the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos announced the creation of the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program.

“In the business community, we often talk about the estimated $2 trillion in capital that’s sitting on the sidelines unused.  But that’s not the only capital lying untapped.  When democratically elected leaders leave office after their terms expire, the result is that the world often loses their intellectual and ideological capital. And, in many ways, that capital is more precious than money,” said Angelopoulos.

“This commitment will allow those elected officials, whose terms of office have expired, to continue making contributions to the world, and to the issues about which they are passionate,” said President Bill Clinton.  “In making this commitment, Ambassador Angelopoulos will enable leaders to leave office without losing their ability to do service to the world.”

Clinton, Angelopoulos, and Ellwood Discuss Leadership and Public Service | HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL | APR 27, 2012

President Bill Clinton and Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos shared their perspectives on leadership and public service during a panel discussion Wednesday (April 25) moderated by Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood. Members of the HKS community were in attendance. The event sought to recognize the new Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program.

The Kennedy School-based program will provide opportunities for high-profile leaders who are transitioning out of public office or other leadership positions to spend time in residence at Harvard for teaching, learning and research. Leaders will also have the opportunity to link into the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) network and in turn, develop their own CGI commitments.
“Meaningful solutions to today’s complex global problems will only come from committed and courageous leaders. We need to train and inspire emerging leaders and we need to retain and re-train leaders who have distinguished themselves in service to the public and are now transitioning to another career,” said Angelopoulos.

Angelopoulos continued, “These leaders have experience, networks, lessons learned, and a commitment to the public good. The Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Program gives elected leaders the answer to the question, ‘How can I continue serving?’”

“The mission of the Harvard Kennedy School is to train enlightened public leaders and to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems,” said Dean David Ellwood. “We look forward to bringing distinguished global leaders who are in transition to Harvard to share their lessons with the next generation.”


In 2013, Angelopoulos-Daskalaki established the Angelopoulos Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Fellowship and began sponsoring Greek students to attend Clinton Global Initiative University. She has since sponsored over 60 students.[13] She also served as a Convening Sponsor of the 2014 and 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meetings.

Gianna Angelopoulos Announces Commitment to Support Greek Youth Entrepreneurs at Clinton Global Initiative | PR NEWSWIRE | SEP 25, 2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos will support up to 25 Greek students to fully participate in the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2014, Gianna Angelopoulos announced today at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (CGI).

“I believe now more than ever that young people can recapture the spirit I saw 10 years ago, when I led the Athens Olympics,” Ambassador Angelopoulos said as part of her announcement at the Mobilizing Youth Around the World CGI Conversation.  Participating in the CGI Conversation were Chelsea Clinton, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, and Cisco CEO John Chambers.  CNN’s Piers Morgan moderated the event.

Of the up to 25 students she will sponsor at CGIU 2014, Ambassador Angelopoulos said: “I will support their projects back in Greece so they may serve as examples of what can be achieved with commitment and hope.”


Graham Allison | HARVARD BELFER CENTER | APR 18, 2017

Graham Allison is a leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy with a special interest in nuclear weapons, terrorism, and decision-making. As Assistant Secretary of Defense in the first Clinton Administration, Dr. Allison received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award, the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, for “reshaping relations with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan to reduce the former Soviet nuclear arsenal.”

Dr. Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan.  He has been awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, twice: first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry. He served as a member of the Defense Policy Board for Secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, Cheney, Aspin, Perry and Cohen.  He currently serves on the Advisory boards of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and the Director of the CIA.

Dr. Allison was the organizer of the Commission on America’s National Interests (1996 and 2000), a founding member of the Trilateral Commission, a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a member of public committees and commissions, among them the Baker-Cutler DOE Task Force on Nonproliferation Programs with Russia, the IAEA’s Commission of Eminent Persons, and the Commission on Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and Terrorism.

Dr. Allison has served as a Director of the Getty Oil Company, Natixis, Loomis Sayles, Hansberger, Taubman Centers, Inc., Joule Unlimited, and Belco Oil and Gas, as well as a member of the Advisory Boards of Chase Bank, Chemical Bank, Hydro-Quebec, and the International Energy Corporation.

Graham T. Allison | TAUBMAN CENTERS, INC. | APR 18, 2017

Graham T. Allison has served as a director of the Company since 1996, as well as one year of service from 1993 to 1994 prior to becoming the United States Assistant Secretary of Defense in the first Clinton administration. Mr. Allison is the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and the Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, serving in such capacities since 1995. He has been a leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy for over three decades. As founding dean of the Kennedy School of Harvard University, Mr. Allison built a major professional school of public policy and government from 1977 to 1989. Mr. Allison also served as a special advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and numerous public committees and commissions related to national security and defense issues. He served as a director of Natixis Global Asset Management, the Loomis Sayles Funds and the Hansburger Funds from 1984 to 2012. He also previously served as a director of CDC Nvest Funds and IXIS Asset Advisors, as well as Belco Oil and Gas, Chase Manhattan Bank, Getty Oil Company, and USEC. He has served as a director of Joule Biotechnologies since 2009.