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Evangelos Marinakis
UK
EvangelosMarinakis is a Piraeus-born businessman acknowledged on an international level. He made his name in the shipping industry but has since expanded his area of business to sports, media, and politics. Marinakis is also a well-known philanthropist. Everything seemed destined for Marinakis to enter the shipping industry. He was born in Piraeus, a port city in Greece, and his father was the owner of a small company with several ships. Marinakis took over the business and expanded it into a genuine shipping empire. Today, Capital Maritime & Trading has a fleet of more than seventy ships and its chairman is one of the most respected people in the industry.Marinakis has been making the list of “One Hundred Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry” for several years now, and his company received the “Tanker Company of the Year” award in 2009. As most of the locals, Marinakis has been a fan of Olympiacos F.C., a local football club from Piraeus. His father was a member of the club board, but Evangelos took things to the next level in this area, too. He purchased the club and became the chairman in 2010. Under his helm, the team won seven Greek National League titles in a row from 2010/11 to 2016/17. Olympiacos F.C. also won three cups during that time and successfully participated in the UEFA Champions League, the top-tier European competition for football clubs. In 2017, Marinakis completed the takeover of Nottingham Forest, the football club competing in English Championship. In 2016, the Greek businessman used Alter Ego Media S.A., one of the companies he owns, to purchase a national television license for approximately $82.8 million (EUR 73.9 million). The same company acquired the Lambrakis Press Group, which owns daily and weekly newspapers in Greece, as well as several magazines and a news portal. Marinakis entered politics in 2014 when he was elected as a member of the Piraeus city council. He stated at the time that Piraeus needs to be developed as the primary cruise ship destination in Europe and that the port needs to preserve its public nature. He invested his own funds in renovation and construction of kids’ playgrounds, parks, squares, and sports facilities. Some media were claiming that he was related to the Golden Dawn, a Greek far-right political party. Marinakis strongly denied this in an interview. If you want to read more about EvangelosMarinakis, you should that he was involved in several match-fixing controversies in Greece. He is also a big philanthropist that sponsored numerous Greek charities either on his own or as Olympiacos F.C. President. The club even featured a UNICEF logo on its jerseys in 2013.
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