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STAVROS S. NIARCHOS
(1909 - 1996)

Claims to fame include:

• World's largest tanker owner of the 1950s and 1960s
• Founder of Hellenic Shipyards
• World-famous art collector and race horse owner

NO Greek shipowner has been more driven, nor more refined in his tastes, than Stavros Niarchos, the great rival of Aristotle Onassis. Together with Onassis, he was the original 'Golden Greek', a description which was eventually applied to a generation of dynamic shipowners from Greece who were particularly inventive in surfing the post-Second World War boom in demand for sea transportation.

He outlived Onassis and he also outdid his rival in terms of fortune and the size of his fleet, even though in the eye of the public he was sometimes upstaged by his former brother-in-law.

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