<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Stavros Spyros Niarchos
: Σταύρος Σπύρος Νιάρχος; 3 July 1909 – 16 April 1996) was a Greek
shipping tycoon, sometimes known as "The Golden Greek
." In 1952, Stavros Niarchos built the first supertankers
capable of transporting large quantities of oil
, and subsequently earned millions of dollars as global demand for his ships increased.
He was born in Athens
, son of Spyros Niarchos and his wife, Eugenia Coumandaros. His parents were naturalized Americans and had owned a department store in Buffalo, New York
before returning to Greece, three months prior to his birth. He studied law at the University of Athens
, after which he went to work in the Coumandaros family's grain business.
He was a naval
officer in World War II
, during which time part of the trade fleet he had built with his uncle was destroyed. He used about two million dollars in insurance money to build a new fleet, he is the owner of the yacht Atlantis ii and the island Spetsopoula
Stavros Niarchos founded Niarchos Ltd.
, an international shipping company that at one time operated more than 80 tankers worldwide. In 1952, he built the first supertankers
capable of transporting large quantities of......