Spyros Niarchos

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Spyros Stavros "Spiros" Niarchos (Greek: Σπύρος Νιάρχος; born 1955) is the second son of the Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos and Eugenia Livanos. He is a grandson of another Greek shipping giant, his mother's father, Stavros G. Livanos.

In 1955 Vickers Armstrongs Shipbuilders Ltd launched for Stavros Niarchos what was then the World's largest supertanker.[1] The 30,708 GRT[2] ship was named SS Spyros Niarchos[1] after his new son.

In 1987, while skiing in Switzerland, he met 19-year-old Daphne Guinness (artist, socialite and an heiress of the Guinness family) and they soon married.[3] The marriage ended in divorce, with Guinness receiving a $39 million settlement in 1999.[3]

The couple has three children:

  • Nicolas Stavros Niarchos (born 1989)
  • Alexis Spyros Niarchos (born 1991)
  • Ines Sophia Niarchos (born 1995)

In January 1999, Niarchos was a witness at the wedding of his best friend, Ernst August, Prince of Hanover. He is the godfather of Crown Prince Pavlos' youngest son, Aristides-Stavros. With his brother, Philip, Niarchos is co-president and member of the board of directors at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Corlett, Ewan (1981). The Revolution in Merchant Shipping 1950–1980. The Ship. series editor: Basil Greenhill. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office on behalf of the National Maritime Museum. p. 25. ISBN 0-11-290320-7.
  2. ^ Meare, David. "Tirgoviste and Spyros Niarchos". Shipspotting.com. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Heiress apparent". The Sunday Times. 21 October 2007.