Onassis became a successful shipping entrepreneur and was able to send his children to prestigious schools. When Onassis graduated from the local Evangelical Greek School at the age of 16, he spoke four languages: Greek his native language , Turkish, Spanish, and English. Argentina[ edit ] At age 17 in , Onassis arrived in Buenos Aires , Argentina, by Nansen passport , and got his first job as a telephone operator with the British United River Plate Telephone Company,  while following studies in commerce and port-duty administration at Aduanas Argentinas. He later became an entrepreneur, creating an Argentine import-export company, going into business for himself and making a fortune importing English-Turkish tobacco to Argentina. After gaining his first fortune in Argentina, he expanded his shipping business worldwide and relocated to New York City , USA, where he built up his shipping businesses empire while keeping offices in Buenos Aires and Athens.
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Synopsis Aristotle Onassis was a Greek entrepreneur born on January 15, , in Smyrna, a town in present-day Turkey. In the s, Onassis launched his own cigarette brand. Shortly thereafter he realized that tobacco shipping generated more revenue, and went into the cargo ship business. The shipping tycoon dated many famous women, including the widowed Jacqueline Kennedy, whom he married in In , he got a job as a telephone engineer.
Poor but clever, he eavesdropped on business calls and used the information to set up deals of his own. His ability to reinvent himself as an "important businessman" during the day, yet continuing to work the phone lines in coveralls at night, was an early indication of his shrewd social and business skills.
Onassis got the idea to start his own brand of cigarettes aimed at the female market. He chose famous opera singer, Claudia Muzio, as the perfect model. To get her to smoke his brand in public, he showed up at her dressing room with a giant bouquet of flowers.
Amazingly, Onassis seduced her. She, of course, smoked his brand of cigarettes. The relationship proved to be very lucrative for Onassis and by the age of 25, his tobacco business made him a millionaire. Building on his wealth, he realized that the shipping magnates who hauled the tobacco made more than the cigarette manufacturer. This realization came to him at the height of the Great Depression. Just when everyone was getting out of the shipping business, Onassis was able to buy six ships for less than half of what they would normally cost.
Wealth Grows during World War II At the outbreak of World War II, Aristotle Onassis registered his fleet of cargo ships to Panama, which gave him tax-free status and reduced his overhead costs, making him one of the lowest cost shipping merchants in the world. He struck a deal with the U. Government whereby he offered reduced prices on shipping military equipment in exchange for the U.
This allowed him to build one of the world largest privately owned fleets. It has been recorded that Onassis never lost a ship during the war. Reasons for this vary from being very lucky, to having made deals with both sides, though no credible evidence exists to prove this. Personal Life Early in his business career, Aristotle Onassis began dating a string of famous women, including Greta Garbo.
In , he met the daughter of the richest shipping magnate in the world, Athina Livanos, a woman almost half his age. They married and had two children. Soon, however, both of them were having affairs. In , Onassis met Maria Callas, one of the most famous opera singers in the world. Onassis was so proud of his relationship with Callas that he began to flaunt it. Several months before John F. In time, they become lovers.
Generally, the American public reacted very negatively to the news. In , Alexander died in a terrible plane crash. Ari was devastated with his son and heir gone. Death Two years later, on March 15, , Aristotle Onassis died. It was said that Maria Callas, his true love, never recovered from his death.
She died two and a half years later. Fact Check We strive for accuracy and fairness. Citation Information.
Biografia de Aristóteles Onassis