Evangelos Marinakis

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31: Evangelos Marinakis, Capital Maritime & Trading Corp, Greece (up from 2010)

Evangelos Marinakis is a leading light in the shipping realm but his celebrity stretches well beyond this industry.

The chairman of Capital Product Partners (CPP) has been busy in the years following the release of the first Power 100 in 2010, which preceded his presidency at the popular Piraeus-based football club Olympiacos.

The 44-year-old became a majority shareholder and sponsor in June 2010, titles he continues to hold to this day. A year later, Marinakis was in the driver’s seat when CPP merged with Crude Carriers Corp in a move that created a combined fleet of 25 crude and products tankers.

Today, the stable is operated by Capital Maritime subsidiary Capital Management, which oversees 40 tankers, bulkers and containerships.

Ariston Navigation Corp chief executive John Xylas describes Marinakis as a “shrewd entrepreneur with a soft heart” — characteristics Xylas calls a “very rare” combination.

“Evangelos is also a passionate fan of Olympiacos but, then again, nobody’s perfect!” his compatriot joked.

“A born winner,” added Socrates Kominakis, chairman and chief executive of Milos Advisors.

“He is intelligent, passionate, hard working, persistent — a leader. He is demanding but also close and always there for his people. He is a good and honest friend on whom you can truly rely.”

Marinakis, who earned an advanced degree in London, began his career in shipping as a trainee broker on the sale-and-purchase (S&P) desk at Harley Mullion before becoming a chartering broker at Elders Chartering, based in the UK.

For the past 15 years, Marinakis has been active in family-controlled businesses and today lays claim to investments in the media, energy and real-estate sectors.