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|Occupation||Actress, TV Hostess|
|Spouse(s)||Stavros Garderis (1989-1990) |
Giannis Latsios (2001-2010)
Mateo Pantzopoulos (2015-)
|Children||Aggelos Latsios |
Eleni Menegaki (Greek: Ελένη Μενεγάκη) was born on October 29, 1969 is a Greek film, television and stage actress and talk show presenter. In 2010, Forbes ranked Menegaki as the second-most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and top-ranked female.
First steps in MEGA Channel
Eleni Menegaki started her career as a model. In 1991, she participated in the MEGA Channel morning show "Proino Cocktail." A year later, she and Giorgos Polichroniou hosted the highly successful game show "MEGA Banca."
ANT1 Channel, "Pater Imon" and "Proinos Kafes"
In 1994, she starred in the successful ANT1 channel comedy TV show "Pater Imon" portraying a radio producer. The next year, she began hosting the ANT1 channel morning show "Proinos Kafes." She continued hosting the show for 10 years with great success and soon the media named her "Queen of the morning zone."
ALPHA Channel and "Kafes me tin Eleni"
In 2005, she left ANT1 channel and signed to Alpha Channel. She became the hostess of the morning show "Kafes me tin Eleni." Despite low ratings in the first season, it soon became a great success, especially in the commercial target group 15–44 years of age. In its last season (2010-2011), "Kafes me tin Eleni" suffered the lowest ratings ever.
ALPHA Channel and "Eleni"
In 2011, Menegaki's show changed its time starting at 13:00 and aired under the new title "Eleni." Tv ratings have been fluctuating.
|ANT1's Beauty Pageant||Herself||Host|
|2005-2011||Kafes me tin Eleni||Herself||Host|
|1992||Ah Eleni||minister' s secretary||1 episode|
|Ta mpakouria||Kris Katarahias||1 episode|
|1994-1996||Pater Imon||Eleni Alexaki||Main role|
|1998||Ntanta gia oles tis doulies||Herself||1 episode|
|2014||Apo Allo Anekdoto||Herself||1 episode|
|2017||Min Arhizeis ti mourmoura||Herself||1 episode|
Menegaki has been married three times and has four children from her second and third marriages.
At the age of 20, Menegaki married entrepreneur Stavros Garderis, separating a year later.
In 2001, she married the ANT1's program manager Giannis Latsios. On November 15, 2002 she gave birth to their first child, a son, Aggelos-Ioannis. On February 9, 2005 she gave birth to their daughter, Laura, and three years later, on January 28, 2008 their third child was born, a daughter, Valeria. In January 2010, Menegaki announced her divorce from Latsios.
She has since been in a relationship with entrepreneur Mateo Pantzopoulos. On March 29, 2015, she gave birth to their daughter, Marina and the same year, they married.
Public image and impact
With the success of her shows, Menegaki became the most successful celebrity in Greece. She is followed by paparazzi and makes headlines everywhere. Her divorce from Giannis Latsios became a controversial and highly discussed topic. She is considered a role model by many Greek women. According to rumors in blogs, tabloids and newspapers, she is the highest-paid person in Greek TV. Thema newspaper once stated that she earns 100.000 euro per month.
- "The Greek List" (in Greek). Forbes. 4 December 2010. p. 37.
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