Alki David

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Alki David
Born Nigeria
Occupation Entrepreneur, film producer
Net worth Increase US$ 400 million [1]
Religion Greek Orthodox
Spouse(s) Jennifer Stano
Website
http://www.FilmOn.com/

Alkiviades "Alki" David (born c. 1967-1968)[1] is a Nigeria-born Greek billionaire heir (he shares this with his family), a member of the prominent Greek Leventis family, whose holdings include manufacturing, bottling plants, property and shipping. In 2008 he was the majority shareholder of Leventis-David Group, which owns Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants in 28 countries.[2][3] His companies include the Internet-based television provider FilmOn, the home-shopping website 9021go.com, the streaming-video site BattleCam.com, and the modeling agency Independent Models. He has also appeared in feature films and on television.

Background and family[edit]

Alki David was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a trading and shipping family of Greek Cypriot origin.[4] His father, Andrew A. David (1934-2000), was born in Petra, Cyprus and went on to study business at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In 1957, Andrew A. David joined the family business, the Leventis-David Group in Ghana, where he managed Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Accra.[5][6]

Alki was educated at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England, and Le Rosey in Switzerland.[7]

After serving in the British Army, he studied film at the Royal College of Art in London, and then moved to Los Angeles, California, where he lived for eight years and was part-owner of a film post-production company.[4] In 1998 he returned to London and co-founded Independent Models, an agency whose models included Helena Christensen.[6][8]

In 2006, Alki partnered veteran film producer Elliott Kastner to launch 111 Pictures Ltd., a UK-based independent production and international sales company.[citation needed] Also that year, David started FilmOn, an online streaming site.

He has appeared in films, including a 2008 motion picture, The Bank Job, in which David played a bank-vault expert hired by Jason Statham to help with a bank heist.[6][8]

He founded the nonprofit organization BIOS to conserve, protect, and educate people on marine conservation around the Greek Isles.[citation needed]

David was married and divorced twice, having two sons with his first wife.[6][9] He met second wife Emma McAllister in 2004, marrying her in 2007, and separating in 2009.[8] As of 2011 he is married to Jennifer Stano, a swimsuit designer and former model who founded Have Faith Swimwear with David in Beverly Hills, California, in 2010.[10]

His great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were priests, and David has said he is active with the Greek Orthodox Church.[9]

Business[edit]

David's projects include:

  • FilmOn, a video-on-demand website and mobile service which is an extension of his 111Pix distribution venture.[11]
  • BattleCam.com, a peer-to-peer video streaming website and community[12] whose offerings including Fight Night and other pay-per-view tournaments built around mixed martial arts, gaming and comedy.[12] David advertised for this venture by offering cash to the first person who streaks in a legal manner in front of US President Barack Obama,[8][13] and by hosting a faked assisted suicide.[14]
  • 9021go.com, a home shopping site founded in 2011[15]

Litigations[edit]

CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox Broadcasting and their studios won a temporary restraining order against David's FilmOn in November 2010 to prevent unlicensed use of their broadcast signals . David sued CBS, dropped the suit, and sued CBS Interactive in November 2011, alleging copyright infringement due to the CNET website having editorially covered infringing uses of peer-to-peer file-sharing software.[8][16][17][18] In June 2013, David filed a countersuit against the four networks seeking a ruling that providing Internet technology for receiving over-the-air broadcast signals at no charge does not violate broadcasters' copyrights.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Character Type
2004 The Freediver Hector Also director, producer and writer
The Grid Yussef Nasseriah TV series (one episode)
2005 Opa! Spiros Kakogiannis
Spooks Badrak Madjid TV series (one episode)
2006 Hotel Babylon Mr. Pappas TV series (one episode)
2007 Living with Lew Co-producer
Flight of Fury Rojar Direct-to-DVD
Voyage: Killing Brigitte Nielsen Villain Also director, producer, writer, and editor
Fishtales Captain Mavros Also director, producer, writer, and editor
2008 The Bank Job Bambos
2009 Trial & Retribution Hikmet TV series (one episode)
Waking the Dead Coban TV series (two episodes)
2012 Secrets of a Trophy Wife[citation needed] Himself TLC special

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gardner, Eriq (October 4, 2012). "Meet Alki David: The Billionaire Hollywood Bad Boy Being Sued by Every TV Network". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. "...44-year-old Greek immigrant with a net worth of $1.7 billion...." 
  2. ^ Hussain, Ali (2013-03-10). "Fame and Fortune: Cut! Bond thriller is not for me. The film fan and Coca-Cola Hellenic tycoon Alki David is keen to reduce his holding in government stock". The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 2010-04-06.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Hussain, Ali (2008-03-16). "A billionaire who’d rather be an actor". The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 2010-04-06.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b O'Connor, Clare (2010-11-23). "Billionaire Heir Battling Restraining Order From 'Big Four' Networks". Forbes. Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  5. ^ Curran, Patrick D. (2009-11-05). COBRA: The X-Factor in Strategy Execution. Bloomington, Indiana: Authorhouse. p. Dedication page. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  6. ^ a b c d Anstead, Mark (2009-09-28). "Billionaire Alki David loses his wife – and £13m home in the suburbs". Daily Mail (London, UK). Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  7. ^ Flynn, Laurie J. (1999-07-12). "Compressed Data; E-Commerce Twist: Full-Service Shipping". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 8, 2012. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Hough, Andrew (17 Aug 2010). "Alki David: British billionaire's $1m dare to person who streaks in front of Barack Obama". The Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Alki David : a man of many parts". Business XL. May 2008. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  10. ^ "About the Designer". HaveFaith.com. 2012-01-03. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  11. ^ "FilmOn to disrupt TV with new streaming channels". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Billionaire Alki David Presents First Ever "Fight Night at BattleCam.com"" (Press release). BattleCam.com via PRWeb.com. February 7, 2011. Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Phillips, Rhodri (2010-08-17). "$1m in cash to flash at Obama". The Sun (UK). Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  14. ^ Papapostolou, Anastasios (2011-07-30). "Alki Did It Again! – First Assisted Suicide Broadcast Live Over the Internet was a Promotion". Greek Reporter. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  15. ^ "About 9021go". 9021go.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ Gustin, Sam (2011-07-05). "Alki David Drops CNET Lawsuit; Vows to Bring ‘Expanded’ Action". paidContent. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  17. ^ "CBS Interactive Again Accused of Contributing to Piracy". The Hollywood Reporter. 16 Nov 2011. Retrieved 18 Nov 2011. 
  18. ^ Anderson, Nate (2011-05-04). "CNET sued over LimeWire, blamed for 'Internet Piracy Phenomenon'". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  19. ^ Gardner, Eriq (June 27, 2013). "Alki David Fights TV Broadcasters' Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 

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