November 27 – Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has picked up another trophy. He has been voted as Lloyd’s List’s ‘Greek Shipping Personality of the Year’ for 2017.
It has been a busy year for Marinakis across his business, sports and social enterprises. Chairman of Capital Ship Management, he has expanded the business across the tanker, container and dry bulk sectors growing the fleet under management by 17 vessels to a total of 71 vessels including 45 tankers, 19 container carriers and 7 bulk carriers.
He also grew his football interests with the acquisition of Nottingham Forest, playing in the English Championship, and took a step into the media sector with the acquisition of Greek media group DOL.
In the public and social arena he dedicated a new monument in Piraeus to the victims of the Pontus Greek genocide; sponsored a special conference in partnership with Harvard University focusing on football’s social responsibility; and renewed a ground-breaking partnership of Olympiacos with UNICEF to vaccinate children against preventable diseases.
Nigel Lowry from Lloyd’s List said at the awards dinner in Athens: “Evangelos Marinakis was the outstanding candidate for this year’s award. His dynamic deal making across Capital Group’s three sectors of tankers, containers, and dry bulk reflects the positive outlook and trends that we are increasingly seeing in our industry. Mr Marinakis has consistently been ahead of those trends, as his $1 billion in investments in 2017 illustrates.”
But football has a way of bringing you back to earth. Forest, who are chasing the play off positions for promotion to the Premier League, dampened his celebrations by losing 2-0 to second-placed Cardiff yesterday.
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