Evangelos Marinakis was born in the Greek city of Piraeus on the 30th July 1967. He is the son of Miltiadis Marinakis, a Member of Greek Parliament and shipowner. Pontus-born Irini Marinaki, Evangelos Marinakis’s mother, is descended from the prominent Ypsilantis family.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Evangelos Marinakis entered both the shipping industry and Greek politics, garnering considerable success in both arenas. His shipping career began with a company comprising seven bulk carriers which was passed down from his father.
Mr Marinakis grew the Capital Maritime Group to a mixed fleet consisting of over 70 vessels, including tankers, container ships and dry bulk carriers. He has earned an international reputation as one of the most powerful figures in international shipping. As well as presiding over Capital Maritime Group, Mr Marinakis sits on the board of several other prominent companies, including:
- One Channel
- Alter Ego Media SA
- Abisso Holdings Limited
- Capital Product Partners LP
Evangelos Marinakis ranked 59th in the ‘100 Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry’ published by Lloyd’s List in 2018. The previous year, Lloyd’s List staged a special awards ceremony in Mr Marinakis’s honour in Athens, presenting him with a ‘Greek Shipping Personality of the Year’ award. He also featured in Tradewinds’ ‘Power 100 List of Top Shipowners and Operators’.
Leading the independent ‘Piraeus Winner’ alliance, Evangelos Marinakis was elected to the Piraeus City Council in 2014. This alliance made great strides in terms of upgrading infrastructure, improving the standard of living for local people, and transforming the port city into a thriving tourist destination.
Mr Marinakis co-founded the alliance with Yannis Moralis – the Mayor of Piraeus and Vice President of the Olympiacos football club – and personally financed redevelopment projects in the city, creating new businesses and jobs.
In addition to his career in shipping and public service on the Piraeus City Council, Mr Marinakis owns two football clubs: Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest Football Club. Acquiring the latter team in 2017, he gained the approval of the English Football League for his plans to return the team to its former glory by redeveloping Nottingham Forest’s historic grounds, culminating in the creation of the largest stadium in the East Midlands.
Throughout his career, Mr Marinakis has used his position to achieve a positive social impact. Following Greece’s financial crisis, he pledged €168,590 to ‘Greece Debt Free’, a charitable website launched to eliminate the country’s national debt.
In 2013, Evangelos Marinakis orchestrated a partnership between UNICEF and Olympiacos F.C. supporting child immunisation in developing nations.