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Stavros Niarchos
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Entrepreneur
    (July 3, 1909-April 16, 1996)
    Born in Athens, Greece
    Greek shipping tycoon
    Owned over 80 tankers
    Net worth at death was $22 billion
    He was fined $12 million for using holding companies to evade US laws restricting the sales of WWII-surplus merchant ships to foreigners.
    He had an ongoing rivalry with fellow Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, including a 'whose is bigger' battle with yachts.
    He was so estranged from his son Constantine that he would ask 'Who?' whenever his name was mentioned.
    When his third wife, Eugenia Livanos, overdosed on sleeping pills, rather than call in a local doctor, he had a company physician helicopter in, producing a three-hour delay.
    The physician refused to sign Eugenia's death certificate because there were bruises on her neck.
    He was cleared of manslaughter charges amid rumors that the investigation had been rigged by the Greek military junta, which needed his economic backing.
    His fifth and final wife, Tina Livanos, was both his third wife's sister and Aristotle Onassis' ex-wife.
    Elena Ford, his daughter with his fourth wife, automobile heiress Charlotte Ford, sued his estate after she was left out of his will.
    His name, appropriately, translated as 'master of ships.'
    He served in the Greek navy during World War II, becoming the assistant naval attache in Washington, DC.
    He claimed the bruises on Eugenia's body were the result of his resuscitation efforts.
    He sold off most of his tankers before the market bottomed out in the late 70s and reinvested his money in real estate.
    He donated $5 million to Cornel Medical Center to pay for the costs of heart surgery performed on Greek children over the years (1979).
    He left half of his fortune to establish a charitable trust.

Credit: C. Fishel


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