Yiorgos Vardinogiannis

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Yiorgos Vardinogiannis
Born 1936 (age 80–81)
Episkopi, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Residence Ekali, Athens, Greece
Nationality Greece
Alma mater Hellenic Naval Academy
Occupation Shipowner & businessman
Years active 1963–
Net worth US$1.5 billion (2014)
Board member of SEKA Bunkering Stations S.A.
Yiorgos Vardinogiannis
35th President of Panathinaikos FC
In office
Preceded by Jack Nikolaidis
Personal details
Born Episkopi, Rethymno, Greece
Nationality Greek
Profession Businessman

Yiorgos Vardinogiannis (Greek: Γιώργος Βαρδινογιάννης) is a Greek businessman and a 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.


Rhodesian Sanction busting[edit]

Yiorgos Vardinoyannis was captain of the oil tanker MV Arietta Venezelos which in February 1966 was located in the Persian Gulf. The Greek government, reacting to concerns that oil it was taking on board was destined for Rhodesia gave instructions to the owners, Venezelos SA to divert the ship to Rotterdam rather than South Africa and forbade the delivery of oil to Rhodesia.[2] However, Vardinogiannis continued to sail for Beira in Mozambique, then a colony of Portugal. Here the pipleine would allow oil to be pumped to landlocked Rhodesia.[3]


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


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