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Claims to fame include:

• Archetype of seafarer-turned-shipowner
• Built a major fleet using only his own cash
• Father-in-law of both Onassis and Niarchos

BEFORE the Livanos family began its expansion in the early 19th century, led by Stavros George Livanos, the village of Kardamyla in Chios was not as prominent a shipping and seafaring centre as it became in the latter part of the 20th century.

To a great extent it was George S. Livanos who became the icon for other natives of Kardamyla to follow, and he established the model of the classic Chiot shipowner, known and respected in the shipping industry today.

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