John Catsimatidis

Born Sep 7, 1948

John Catsimatidis b. 1948, is a Greek-born American businessman. He is the owner, president, chairman, and CEO of the Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods. He is also the chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group subsidiary United Refining Company. The Red Apple Group also has holdings in aviation and real estate interests in New York, Florida, and the U. S Virgin Islands. He owns and operates the Hellenic Times newspaper. John Catsimatidis has also received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John Catsimatidis.


1948 Birth John Catsimatidis was born on the Greek island of Nisyros on September 7, 1948. … Read More


1966 17 Years Old The family moved to West Harlem, where Catsimatidis grew up. Catsimatidis' father had been a lighthouse operator in Greece but worked as a busboy in New York. Catsimatidis graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1966. … Read More


1971 22 Years Old In 1971, Catsimatidis opened his first store, at Broadway and 99th Street. … Read More


1986 37 Years Old In 1986, Catsimatidis acquired United Refining Co., the owner of gasoline refineries in Pennsylvania and Alabama. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old On October 2, 1988, Catsimatidis married Margo Vondersaar at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York. … Read More


1992 43 Years Old …  In the 1992 Democratic presidential primaries, Catsimatidis contributed $150,000 to the campaign of fellow Greek American Paul Tsongas.


2006 57 Years Old Catsimatidis put on a fundraiser in 2006 with Michael Bloomberg for Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to support his third party run as an independent after he lost the Democratic primary nomination for reelection to the Senate. … Read More
2007 58 Years Old In May 2007, he was reported to be "systematically wooing local Republicans," attending various Republican fundraisers in Queens and Staten Island and stating that he would "probably have a press conference" to announce his intentions "sooner rather than later" and would consider spending between $30 million and $40 million if he ran.
In 2008, Catsimatidis became engaged in efforts to take over SemGroup LP, a bankrupt oil, gas, and asphalt trading, storage and transportation company, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


2009 60 Years Old 1 More Event
A donor to Bill Clinton during the Clinton years, Catsimatidis, while still enrolled as a Democrat, considered becoming a candidate in the 2009 mayoral election as a Republican.
2011 62 Years Old Catsimatidis and his wife have two children, Andrea and John Jr. Andrea graduated from New York University, and married Christopher Cox, grandson of former President Richard Nixon, on June 4, 2011, at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, "before a church packed with family members and political powerhouses," including Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Rudolph Giuliani, Charles Schumer, Ray Kelly, and Robert M. Morgenthau.
During the spring of 2012, Catsimatidis described his dismay over the quality of the announced as well as the presumed candidates. … Read More
Catsimatidis unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for mayor of New York City in the 2013 election.
2015 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015, press reports indicated he donated the use of a chartered jet valued at $70,000 to the Republican primary campaign of Scott Walker.
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