Aristotle Onassis

Aristotle Onassis

Greek Businessman
Born Jan 20, 1906

Aristotle Sokratis Onassis, commonly called Ari or Aristo Onassis, was a prominent Greek-born Argentine shipping magnate.

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1906 Birth Born on January 20, 1906.


1922 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Onassis was born in Smyrna and fled the city with his family to Greece in 1922 in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War. … Read More
1923 17 Years Old In 1923, at the age of seventeen, Aristotle Onassis left for Buenos Aires, Argentina, by Nansen passport, and got his first job as a telephone operator, with the British United River Plate Telephone Company. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old Onassis married Athina Livanos, daughter of shipping magnate Stavros G. Livanos and Arietta Zafrikakis, on 28 December 1946. … Read More
1953 47 Years Old Onassis arrived in the Mediterranean principality of Monaco in 1953 and began to purchase the shares of Monaco's Société des bains de mer de Monaco (SBM) via the use of front companies in the tax haven of Panama, and took control of the organisation in the summer of that year. … Read More
1954 48 Years Old …  For this reason he became a target of the US government and in 1954, the FBI investigated Onassis for fraud against the U.S. government. … Read More


1956 50 Years Old …  The Greek government decided to give this and other companies to the private sector, and, on July 30, 1956, Aristotle Onassis signed a contract granting him the operational rights to the Greek air transport industry. … Read More
1957 51 Years Old Onassis was involved in the privatization of the Greek national airline and founded the privatized Olympic Airways (today Olympic Air) in 1957. … Read More
1960 54 Years Old Onassis and Livanos divorced in June 1960 during Onassis's well publicised affair with Maria Callas. … Read More
1962 56 Years Old Onassis's takeover of the SBM was initially welcomed by Monaco's ruler, Prince Rainier III as the country required investment, but Onassis and Rainier's relationship had deteriorated by 1962 in the wake of the boycott of Monaco by the French President, Charles de Gaulle. … Read More


…  He was known for his business success, his great wealth and also his personal life, including his marriage to Athina Livanos, daughter of shipping tycoon Stavros G. Livanos, his affair with the opera singer Maria Callas and his marriage in 1968 to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the American president John F. Kennedy.
1973 67 Years Old Onassis was greatly affected by the death of his 24-year-old son, Alexander, in a plane crash in 1973, and died two years later.
1975 69 Years Old Onassis died at age 69 on 15 March 1975 at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, of respiratory failure, a complication of the myasthenia gravis from which he had been suffering during the last years of his life. … Read More
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