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Costas M. Lemos
(1910-1995 )

Claims to fame include:

• Pioneer of the ore-bulk-oil carrier and other innovations
• Largest individual Greek fleet at the end of the 1970s
• Benefactor of maritime education

LESS fashionable than Onassis or Niarchos, Costas M. Lemos was nevertheless considered one of the 'Golden Greeks' of the post-World War Two shipping boom. Perhaps because he was a modest and unassuming man and few details were ever known about the true extent of the empire he built, he seemed to attract speculation and nicknames. One was 'The King of Cash', another 'Goldfinger'.

He had the reputation among contemporaries of being a genius and in a number of respects he outstripped his more publicly known contemporaries.

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