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Minos Kyriakou, shipping magnate and ANT1 owner, dies at 75

Famous Greek businessman Minos Kyriakou passed away at the age of 75 on Sunday evening. The reasons for his sudden and unexpected death have not become known by now. While awaiting for the official hospital statement, Greek media report that Kyriakou was outside the Greek capital when he felt uneasy. He was flown to an Athens private hospital with a helicopter. However, despite all doctors’ efforts it was impossible to keep him alive.

In a statement ANT1 media Group announced later on Sunday that Minos Kyriakou had died of a heart attack.

He was suffering from several health problems lately, among them with a heart problem.

Minos Kyriakou was born 31 May 1942 on the island of Poros in the Saronic Gulf.

He was a media and shipping magnate and businessman.

He was member of a family of shipowners, the family shipping company was founded in 1852.

Minos Kyriakou has been active in the shipping sector since the age of 17.

When he was 23, he founded the Athenian Tankers Inc. In 1976 he founded two oil trading companies, the Bacoil International and the Athenian Oil Trading Inc.

In 1989, Kyriakou founder ANT1 Group, a media company which owns most notably ANT1, one of the oldest and one of the first private television channels in Greece.

He also owned the Greek multi-sports club Panellinios GS, and the Greek Basket League club Panellinios.[2]

He was the president of the Greek Olympic Committee and the President of the International Olympic Academy (IOA).

He was elected to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) council in August 2003.

Since December 2004, Minos Kyriakou was married to actress Marie Konstatatou. In 2017, the couple announced their divorce for “financial reasons” as media wrote.

Kyriakouy had two sons and one daughter from a previous marriage.

At some point he had problems with the law because of the arbitrary construction of a harbor at his summer house in Porto Heli.

He was awarded the Golden Cross of the Legion of Honor – Republic of Poland, Golden Cross of the order of St. George, Golden Medal of Honor – Republic of Cyprus, Golden Star of Honor – Singapore Republic, Grand Cross of the Order of the Legion of Honor – Republic of Poland.

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