Yiorgos Vardinogiannis

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Yiorgos Vardinogiannis
Γιώργος Βαρδινογιάννης
Born 1936
Episkopi, Rethymno, Greece
Residence Ekali, Athens, Greece
Nationality  Greece
Occupation Shipowner & Businessman
Years active 1963–
Net worth Steady US$1.5 billion (2014)
Religion Greek Orthodox

Yiorgos Vardinogiannis (Greek: Γιώργος Βαρδινογιάννης) is a Greek businessman and 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), Μιχαήλ Σταματελάτος, Φωτεινή Βάμβα-Σταματελάτου, εκδ. Ερμής, ΑΘήνα 2001
  2. ^ Rhodesia News Summary Southern Africa News Bulletin, week of 7-13 April 1966
  3. ^ Hot cargoes, Time magazine