Taki Theodoracopulos

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Taki Theodoracopulos
Taki Theodoracopolous appearing on "After Dark" on 23 February 1991.jpg
Appearing on tv show After Dark in 1991
Native name Παναγιώτης Θεοδωρακόπουλος
Born Panagiotis Theodoracopulos
(1936-08-11) 11 August 1936 (age 82)
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation Journalist, publisher, writer

Panagiotis "Taki" Theodoracopulos (Greek: Παναγιώτης "Τάκης" Θεοδωρακόπουλος; born 11 August 1936)[1] is a Greek journalist and writer. He lives in New York City, London and Gstaad, Switzerland.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

The son of a Greek shipping magnate,[3] Taki was privately educated in the United States at Lawrenceville School and Blair Academy[4] before attending the University of Virginia.[5]


Taki's column "High Life" has appeared in The Spectator since 1977, and he has also written for other US and UK publications. In 1984, Taki was arrested for the possession of cocaine, after attempting to board a plane at Heathrow Airport, and served three months in HMP Pentonville.[3][5] He documented his prison experiences in Nothing to Declare: Prison Memoirs (1991).

In 2002, Taki founded The American Conservative magazine with Pat Buchanan and Scott McConnell. He was also the publisher of the British magazine Right Now![citation needed] He currently publishes and writes for Taki's Magazine, described as a libertarian webzine of "politics and culture."

Taki appeared in the 2013 James Toback film Seduced and Abandoned as himself.[6][7]

They have received criticism for writing in support of Greek ultranationalist political party Golden Dawn[8], and as a frequent critic of Israel[9] leading to accusations of anti-semitism[10].

Personal life[edit]

Taki has an interest in Oriental martial arts, holds a black belt in karate[11] and owned a 123-foot yacht named Bushido. The yacht was put up for sale in 2012.[12]


  • Theodoracopulos, Taki (1976). The Greek Upheaval : Kings, Demagogues and Bayonets. London: Stacey International. 
  • Taki and Jeffrey Bernard, High Life, Low Life, introduction by Richard West, edited by Cosmo Landesman. London: Jay Landseman, 1981. ISBN 0-905150-27-9
  • Taki, Princes, Playboys & High-Class Tarts, foreword by Tom Wolfe, illustrations by Blair Drawson. Princeton: Karz-Cohl Publishers, 1984. ISBN 0-943828-61-9
  • Taki, High Life, selected by Andrew Cameron, illustrated by Michael Heath. London: Viking, 1989. ISBN 0-670-82956-0
  • Taki, Nothing to Declare: Prison Memoirs, London: Viking, 1991. ISBN 0-670-83276-6
  • Glass, Charles (ed.), Taki: The Spectator Columns, 2001–2009, London, Quartet, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7043-7192-7


  1. ^ "Taki". The Spectator. 
  2. ^ Eaton, Phoebe (31 October 2014). "Gstaad: The Last Resort". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Bell, Matthew (15 May 2010). "What's the point of Taki if he isn't offensive any more?". The Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Taki Speaks at Skeptics". Blair Academy. 9 April 2008. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Byrne, Ciar (12 June 2006). "The Indestructible Journos". The Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  6. ^ Theodoracopulos, Taki (25 May 2013). "What's Cannes all about? Seducing someone important". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Ross, Deborah (9 November 2013). "Ryan Gosling couldn't play Taki better than Taki". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/23/taki-theodoracopulos-golden-dawn-spectator-_n_3640139.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvLnVrLw&guce_referrer_cs=73SDfn045db1Rb2FhElC9Q
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/High-seas-and-high-horses
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20180731134537/http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/3rd-march-2001/18/my-friend-taki-has-gone-too-far
  11. ^ Theodoracopulos, Taki (19 July 2013). "Black Belts and Golden Dawn". Taki's Magazine. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Coletti, Paul (28 June 2012). "Taki's Yacht Bushido for Sale". Paul Coletti. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 

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