Theodore and Gianna Angelopoulos

By Abijah Keru

Born Lonna Daskalaki in 1955, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is a Greek businesswoman. She is most notably known as the president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece and has been named as one of the 50 most powerful women by Forbes.

She has excelled both politically and academically, obtaining a degree in Law from The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has served as a municipal councilor and a member of parliament.

Critics often point out that she has an aggressive self-promoting nature but she always gets results as it was during her tenure as president of the Olympic Committee that Greece was able to prepare and host the Olympics successfully. In 1990, she got married a second time to Greek shipping and steel magnate Theodore Angelopoulos.

71-year-old Theodore Angelopoulos is a Greek businessman who resided in Switzerland obtaining a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from Zurich University. He was born into a family of pioneers in the Greek steel industry and he capitalized on this to set up an international group of companies with interests in shipping and steel coupled with investments in real estate and private equities.

He established Metrostar Management Corp. dealing in oil tankers and later took control of the Dutch shipbuilding company onceAco, converting it into a builder of custom, luxury yachts. The power couple has an estimated worth of $1.5 billion.

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