Yiorgos Vardinogiannis

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Yiorgos Vardinogiannis
Born 1936 (age 79–80)
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.
Religion Greek Orthodox
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.


Yiorgos Vardinoyannis was in charge of the merchant ship "Ioanna V" which, in 1966, broke the UN-imposed and British-enforced embargo on the regime of Rhodesia[2] and brought in oil to the Portuguese Mozambique port of Beira, which was connected with landlocked Rhodesia by a pipeline.[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