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The Founder

Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975) was one of the most important and best-known ship owners in the world, specifically in the field of oil tankers. In 1956 he established Olympic Airways, which, after having developed it into a private company serving five continents, was transferred to the Greek State in 1975. Alexander Onassis (1948-1973), son of Aristotle Onassis and Athina Stavrou Livanou, was tragically killed in an airplane crash at the age of 25.

Aristotle Onassis provided in his hand written will for the creation of a private, independent Public Benefit Foundation, named after his son, Alexander, to which he bequeathed half his fortune. The Parent Foundation, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, is unceasingly active in developing public benefit projects in Greece and abroad. Its activities promote the humanistic ideals of the Hellenic civilization.

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