Aristeidis Alafouzos

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Aristeidis Alafouzos (Greek: Αριστείδης Αλαφούζος; 9 March 1924 – 17 May 2017) was a Greek shipowner, civil engineer and media mogul.

Aristeidis Alafouzos
Born(1924-03-09)9 March 1924
Died17 May 2017(2017-05-17) (aged 93)
Athens, Greece
OccupationOwner of Glafki Maritime Limited
Owner of Kyklades Maritime Corporation
Owner of Kathimerini Publishing S.A
Known forShipping
ChildrenThemistoklis Alafouzos
Giannis Alafouzos

Personal lifeEdit

Alafouzos was born into a shipping and political family from Santorini. Alafouzos married Eleni Valaouris in 1955. Their son, Giannis, was born in 1957, and Themistocles was born the following year.


Alafouzos was first successful as a civil engineer. In 1952, soon after graduating from university, he obtained from the Greek Ministry of Public Works the first of a series of building contracts. His most famous constructions were the Mont Parnes Casino on Mount Parnitha overlooking the north western suburbs of Athens and the large luxury hotel Asteras Vouliagmenis on the southern coast of Athens. These two works were expressly desired by Constantine Karamanlis, when he was prime minister in the 1960s. The skyscraper overlooking the port of Piraeus is another one of his works. Also in the 1960s, the Public Power Corporation S.A. entrusted him with the construction of the coal plant of Ptolemaida which supplies electricity throughout mainland Greece.

He entered shipping in 1964. During his shipping career he ordered more than 100 vessels in British, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean shipyards. His shipping companies, Glafki Maritime and Kyklades Maritime Corporation have always kept the Greek flag. From 1988 until his death in 2017 he owned the iconic Greek newspaper Kathimerini.[1]

As a result of his distinguished career he received many awards and distinctions. In December 2015 he was awarded the Lloyd's List/Propeller Club Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards."[2] He was also been honored with the "Order of the Rising Sun" by the Emperor of Japan and with the honorary title of "Friendship Ambassador" by the Chinese government.[3]

Alafouzos died on 17 May 2017 at the age of 93.[4]


  1. ^ "Aristidis Alafouzos". Bloomberg. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Greek Shipping Awards 2015". Lloyd's List. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Greek Shipping Awards 2015". Lloyd's List Shipping Monthly Magazine Greece. December 2015.
  4. ^ Lowry, Nigel (17 May 2017). "Aristidis Alafouzos dies, aged 93". Lloyd's List. Retrieved 17 May 2017.