Over ten Greeks and Cypriots among richest people in the world


Over 10 Greeks and Cypriots have been named in the Forbes World’s Billionaires List 2022. Here is The Greek Herald‘s rundown of who they are and what they do.

321 – Vicky Safra, Greece, $7.4 billion

Vicky Safra inherited her fortune from her late husband, Brazilian banker Joseph Safra, who died in December 2020.

801 – John Catsimatidis, Greece, $3.7 billion

John Catsimatidis.

John Catsimatidis is best known as the owner of New York City supermarket chain Gristedes.

822 – Aristotelis Mistakidis, Greece, $3.6 billion

Aristotelis Mistakidis.

Aristotelis Mistakidis, known as “Telis,” stepped down from his role as the director of Glencore’s copper business at the end of 2018.

1096 – Philip Niarchos, Greece, $2.8 billion

Philip Niarchos.

Philip Niarchos, the oldest son of the late shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, inherited much of his father’s art collection.

1096 – Maritsa Lazari & Family, United Kingdom, $2.8 billion

Maritsa Lazari is the widow of late billionaire Christos Lazari, who died in 2015, a few months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

1163 – C. Dean Metropoulos, United States, $2.7 billion

C. Dean Metropoulos.

C. Dean Metropoulos is best known for saving the iconic Twinkies and Hostess Brands.

1292 – George Argyros & Family, United States, $2.4 billion

George Argyros.

The grandson of Greek immigrants, George Argyros worked his way through high school and college in southern California as a paperboy and grocery clerk.

1818 – Ivan Savvidis, Russia – $1.6 billion

Ivan Savvidis.

Ivan Savvidis, a Greek-Russian businessman, is the founder of Agrokom Group, whose assets include Russian tobacco firm Donskoy Tabak.

1818 – George Sakellaris, United States – $1.6 billion

George Sakellaris

George Sakellaris is the founder and CEO of Ameresco, a clean technology integrator that trades on the New York Stock Exchange.

1818 – Theodore ‘Ted’ Leonsis, United States – $1.6 billion

Ted Leonsis.

Theodore ‘Ted’ Leonsis is founder, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports, which owns several teams and arenas in Washington, D.C.

2076 – Vardis J. Vardinoyannis, Greece – $1.4 billion

Vardis J. Vardinoyannis.

Vardis J. Vardinoyannis co-founded Motor Oil Hellas, a petroleum company based in Greece, with his late brother in 1970.

2076 – George Yancopoulos, United States – $1.4 billion

George Yancopoulos.

George Yancopoulos is the chief scientific officer of biotech firm Regeneron. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and became a professor of biology by age 28 and led the invention of seven approved drugs and a technology platform designed to invent more. He owns about 2% of Regeneron stock.

2448 – Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Cyprus – $1.1 billion

Stelios Haji-Ioannou

The son of a Greek Cypriot shipping magnate, Stelios Haji-Ioannou gets the bulk of his fortune from his stake in budget airline easyJet.

2578 – Polys Haji-Ioannou, Cyprus – $1 billion

Polys Haji-Ioannou is the son of late Cypriot shipping magnate Loucas Haji-Ioannou (d. 2008), who once owned the world’s largest private tanker fleet.




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