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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(1909 – 1996)

Stavros Niarchos is the only Greek shipowner of the 20th century whose public fame could compare with Aristotle Onassis. They were fierce competitors – and brothers-in-law. Niarchos served in the Greek Navy during World War Two and is said to have participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. After the war he became one of the first Greek shipowners to start investing in oil tankers. At one time he was the biggest shipowner in the world, with more than 80 ships. During his career he ordered more than 100 ships newly-built from international shipyards.

Like Onassis, Niarchos had huge plans to invest in Greece and many of these never became reality. But he did make important investments in the country in the 1950s and 1960s. For a while, he controlled Greece's largest oil refinery and he owned a big share in a major aluminium company. His best-known investment, though, was Hellenic Shipyards, which he established in 1957. It became the biggest shipyard in the Mediterranean and at one time was very successful.

In his later years, Niarchos was as well-known for possessing one of the world's most valuable art collections as for being a shipowner. He also enjoyed success as a racehorse owner. He left part of his fortune to a foundation that is strongly focused on benefiting Greece.