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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 Vardinogiannis
Born1936 (age 82–83)
Episkopi, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
ResidenceEkali, Athens, Greece
Alma materHellenic Naval Academy
OccupationShipowner & businessman
Years active1963–
Board member ofSEKA Bunkering Stations
Yiorgos Vardinogiannis
35th President of Panathinaikos FC
In office
Preceded byJack Nikolaidis
Personal details
BornEpiskopi, Rethymno, Greece



Rhodesian Sanction bustingEdit

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 pipeline 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