His most recent move was to step forward with financial backing that will save the Kazantzakis Museum in Heracleion, Crete, from closing down.

Nikos Kazantzakis was one of Greece’s best-known authors. His book “Zorba the Greek” — which became a film starring Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates — lured many a foreigner to Crete.

Founded in 1983, the museum had run into debt, which Marinakis has agreed to take over as well as supporting the institution financially over the next 10 years.