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Aristotle Onassis

Aristotle Onassis (January 15, 1906 - March 15, 1975) was a wealthy shipping magnate and husband to Jackie Kennedy.

Onassis was born in Smyrna (now Izmir, Turkey) in 1906. At the time of his birth Smyrna and had significant amounts of Greek population and culture. Smyrna, after being briefly occupied by Greece (from 1919-1922), was recaptured by Turkey, and the Onassis family holdings were lost, spurring the family to move to Greece as refugees. By 1932, Onassis had become a world-class businessman, owning commercial ships, tankers, and whalers. He founded Olympic Airways[?], the Greek national carrier, in 1957.

He married Athina Mary Livanos, daughter of shipping magnate Stavros Livanos, in 1946; they had a son and daughter, and were divorced in 1960, after he had initiated an affair with Maria Callas. He married Jackie Kennedy on October 22, 1968.

Onassis died in Paris of the effects of myasthenia gravis in 1975. His son Alexander predeceased him; his daughter Christina's only child, Athina Roussel, was the sole inheritor of the bulk of his fortune.

His name in Greek is spelled as Aristotelis Onassis and it is written as Αριστοτέλης Ονάσσης.



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