Yiannis Boutaris

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Yiannis Boutaris
Yiannis Boutaris Drasi.jpg
Mayor of Thessaloniki
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Vasilis Papageorgopoulos
Personal details
Born (1942-06-13) June 13, 1942 (age 74)[1]
Thessaloniki, Greece
Political party Independent
Alma mater University of Thessaloniki
Wine Institute of Athens
Occupation Businessman, winemaker

Yiannis Boutaris (Greek: Γιάννης Μπουτάρης; born 13 June 1942[1]) is a Greek businessman, politician and current mayor of Thessaloniki. In 2012 he was chosen as 'the best mayor of the world' for the month of October, by the City Mayors Foundation, based in the UK. He is the founder of KIR-YIANNI wine company, based in Giannakochori (bg) and Amyntaio. He is one of the founding members of the Drasi party and Arcturos ecological organization.[2]

Early life[edit]

Yiannis Boutaris was born in Thessaloniki in 1942, the son of winemaker Stelios Boutaris and Fanny Vlachos, from the Vlach Nichota family in the town of Krusevo, Republic of Macedonia.[3]

His primary education was at the Experimental elementary school of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, his secondary education at Anatolia College, and he graduated in chemistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1965 and in oenology from the Wine Institute of Athens in 1967.[1][4] In his youth he was associated with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).[5]

From 1969 to 1996 he worked for the family wine company Boutari (fr), based in Naoussa. He left the family company to create the Kir-Yianni wine company, based on two estates in Giannakochori (bg) and Amyntaio, in 1998.


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Preceded by
Vasilis Papageorgopoulos
Mayor of Thessaloniki
Succeeded by

Movie "One Step Ahead" (2012) "Ena vima brosta" (original title) Directed by Dimitris Athyridis in 2012.