Foundation Supporters

  • Allseas Marine S.A.
  • Almi Tankers S.A.
  • Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited
  • Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. Ltd.
  • Capital Ship Management Corp.
  • Cardiff Marine Inc.
  • Ceres Shipping Ltd.
  • Chartworld Shipping Corporation
  • Costamare Inc.
  • Delta Tankers Ltd.
  • Empire Navigation Inc.
  • Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A.
  • European Navigation Inc.
  • Navios Maritime Holdings
  • Olympic Shipping and Management S.A.
  • Phoenix Energy Navigation S.A.
  • Safe Bulkers Inc.
  • Target Marine S.A.
  • The Tsakos Group
  • Tsavliris Salvage Group
  • Vafias Group

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(1906 – 1975)

Aristotle Onassis was 16 years old when, together with many thousands of Greeks, his family was forced to flee Turkey. The adventurous boy took a ship to Argentina and the rest is history. He became one of the richest men of his time, mainly through shipping.

Onassis was the first Greek to own tankers and at various stages of his career he built the largest tankers in the world. Many of his shipbuilding contracts went to shipyards in Germany and Japan, helping them to rebuild their shattered industries after the Second World War. His loves included the legendary opera singer Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy, the widow of John Kennedy, the President of the United States. Friends included film stars such as Grace Kelly, who became the Princess of Monaco, and politicians including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Onassis' life has inspired books, films, plays, even an opera!

He was the most famous Greek of the 20th century and a personality recognised all over the world. Although he was based in Buenos Aires, New York and Monte Carlo much of the time, Onassis always wanted to invest in Greece. For various reasons his most ambitious plans were never approved. But he founded Olympic Airways, the Greek national airline.

Onassis' last years showed that money does not always guarantee happiness. He lost his only son, Alexander, at the age of 24 in an airplane accident. However, Onassis left instructions that a foundation be named after Alexander. Ever since Onassis died, the foundation has carried on some of his businesses and for many years has been funding projects for the public benefit, mainly in Greece.