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Skorpios or Scorpios (Greek: Σκορπιός, pronounced [skorˈpços]) is a private island in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece and just to the east of the island of Lefkada. The 2011 census reported a population of five inhabitants. Administratively it is part of the municipality of Meganisi in Lefkada regional unit.

Skorpios
Native name:
Σκορπιός
Skorpios map.png
Skorpios is located in Greece
Skorpios
Skorpios
Geography
Coordinates38°41′31″N 20°44′35″E / 38.692°N 20.743°E / 38.692; 20.743Coordinates: 38°41′31″N 20°44′35″E / 38.692°N 20.743°E / 38.692; 20.743
ArchipelagoIonian Islands
Highest elevation81 m (266 ft)
Administration
RegionIonian Islands
Regional unitLefkada
Demographics
Population5 (2011)
Postal code311 00
Area code(s)26450
View of the island in July 2007

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GeographyEdit

The island, spanning 74 acres, is irregularly shaped, with main axes about 1500 meters and 1000 meters. It is heavily forested from south to north and features over 200 varieties of trees imported to the once nearly barren island by Aristotle Onassis. There are some sandy beaches, most notably East Beach, which was created by Onassis, who brought sand from Salamis Island for this purpose. It is home to three residences, a helicopter landing pad and a boat quay. Onassis also built harbor facilities in the bay on the north side for his Christina O yacht. The island water comes from a mountain from a nearby island which is estimated to cost about 100 million euros.[1]

HistoryEdit

Skorpios is primarily known as the private island of the late Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis. It was bought in 1963 and believed to have cost him the equivalent of about €11,000 of today's money.[2] Numerous high profile parties where hosted during the time of Aristotle Onassis, who is buried there, along with his daughter and son, Alexander. Scorpios was also the site of his wedding to former United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on October 20, 1968. In 1971, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was photographed nude by an Italian paparazzo on a Skorpios beach.[3] Upon Onassis death the island was passed to his daughter Christina, and then in turn to her daughter Athina Onassis Roussel, the only surviving heir. Onassis, his son Alexander, and his daughter Christina are all buried on the island.[4]

Rybolovlev long term leaseEdit

In April 2013 through her trust, Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the 24-year-old daughter of Dmitry Rybolovlev, bought a group of companies from Athina Onassis Roussel for $153 million.[5][6][7] The assets included a long term lease to Skorpios and its smaller islet, Sparti.[8] Beginning in October 2018 and with a completion date of 2020, Rybolovleva began developing a 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft) luxury resort on Skorpios for a total investment estimated at €184 million.[9] The island is a Natura with no more than 5% of its area to be developed.[9] The Greek government is yet to confirm the legality of the purchase. An investigation is underway, as Giannis Mihelakis (a New Democracy MP) raised the question in the Greek parliament.[10] Specifically, Onassis stated in his will that the island would remain in the family as long as they could afford to cover its maintenance expenses. According to the will, if his descendants could not cover the expenses, the island would be donated either to Olympic Airways or to the state.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Onassis Brought Life to the Greek Island of Skorpios". Greek Reporter. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Onassis Brought Life to the Greek Island of Skorpios". Greek Reporter. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Secret of Jackie Onassis nude paparazzi pictures revealed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Sale of Onassis island in doubt". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  5. ^ Burnett, Erin (10 April 2013). "Island playground sells for $153 million". CNN. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ Zeveloff, Julie (11 April 2013). "Russian Billionaire Buys Greece's Most Famous Private Island For $153 Million". Business Insider. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  7. ^ Busvine, Douglas (13 April 2013). "Russian billionaire's daughter buys Onassis island Skorpios". Reuters. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  8. ^ Brennan, Morgan (15 April 2013). "Confirmed: Russian Billionaire Heiress Buys Famed Greek Island Of Skorpios". Forbes. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  9. ^ a b Kokkinidis, Tasos (14 September 2018). "Russian Tycoon Starts €184Μ Development on Former Onassis Island". Greek Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  10. ^ Ερώτηση Μιχελάκη σε Στουρνάρα για τον Σκορπιό (in Greek). Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  11. ^ "The Greek state is investigating the sale of Skorpios". Retrieved 23 December 2014.

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