40 years from the death of Aristotle Onassis

It was 15 March 1975 when Onassis was dying at the American Hospital of Paris of respiratory failure, a complication of the myasthenia gravis that he had been suffering from during the last years of his life, since his son Alexandros died on a plane crush.

Onassis was born and raised in Smyrna in 1906. After the Catastrophe of Smyrna, in 1973 Onassis departed to Buenos Aires where he started a business importing tobacco to Argentina. Eventually he relocated to New York where he built up his shipping businesses. Soon he became one of the most powerful entrepreneurs in the world.


In 1946 Onassis married Athina Livanos, daughter of shipping magnate Stavros Livanos; she was 17 and he was 40. Onassis and his wife had two children, Alexander and Christina.

Few years later he met the opera diva Maria Callas in 1957 during a party in Venice. He commented to his friend; “There was just a natural curiosity; after all, we were the most famous Greeks alive in the world.” Onassis and Callas lived together for many years but everything change when he met Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

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Onassis marries the widow of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on October the 20th 1968 in his private island Scorpios and their wedding made headlines worldwide. After his son’s death in 1973, Aristotle Onassis suffered from depression two years later died at the age of 69.

Alexander Onassis       Christina Onassis

Aristotle Onassis Quotes

If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.”

“After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.”

“I have no friends and no enemies – only competitors.”

“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”

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