Yiorgos Vardinogiannis

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Γιώργος Βαρδινογιάννης
Born Yiorgos Vardinogiannis
Episkopi, Rethymno, Greece
Residence Ekali,Athens,Greece
Nationality  Greece
Occupation shipowner & businessman
Years active 1963–
Net worth Steady US$1.5 billion (2014)
Religion Greek Orthodox

Yiorgos Vardinogiannis (Greek: Γιώργος Βαρδινογιάννης) is a Greek businessman and shipping magnate, former owner and president of the Panathinaikos football club.He was born in Episkopi, Rethymno in 1936.[1] He is the brother of oil and shipping tycoon Vardis Vardinogiannis.


Yiorgos Vardinoyannis was in charge of the merchant ship "Ioanna V" which, in 1966, broke the UN-imposed and British-enforced embargo on the regime of Rhodesia[2] and brought in oil to the Portuguese Mozambique port of Beira, which was connected with landlocked Rhodesia by a pipeline.[3]

He was president of Greek football club Panathinaikos FC for 21 years (1979–2000) and had the nickname Kapetanios (Captain).

He wasn't helped enough by Panathinaikos fans when Alberto Malesani was the head coach during 2005/2006 season. As staded by Malesani, "Varidoianis (an Italian folk expression to intend Vardinogiannis) is a very good person".


  1. ^ Επίτομο Γεωγραφικό Λεξικό της Ελλάδος (Geographical Dictionary of Greece), Μιχαήλ Σταματελάτος, Φωτεινή Βάμβα-Σταματελάτου, εκδ. Ερμής, ΑΘήνα 2001
  2. ^ Rhodesia News Summary Southern Africa News Bulletin, week of 7-13 April 1966
  3. ^ Hot cargoes, Time magazine