Evangelos Marinakis is an international businessman and investor. He first made his name in the shipping industry, but has since then also invested in media and football in Greece and the UK.
Besides his business and sporting interests, Evangelos also actively supports UNICEF, the 'Miltiadis Marinakis Professorship for Modern Greek Language and Culture' at the Ohio State University and a number of other charitable causes both in Greece and around the world.
Evangelos is the Founder and Chairman of Capital Maritime Trading Corp. He is one of the leading shipowners in the maritime industry.
Capital Maritime and its affiliated companies operate a total fleet of 98 ships with an overall tonnage of approximately 10 million tonnes (dwt), having consistently invested in the tanker, container, LNG and dry bulk segments over the years.
In 2022 he was elected member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Greek Shipowners. Since 2010 he has been included annually in the shipping industry British publication Lloyd's List "One Hundred Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry" list, ranking 47th in 2021, 59th in 2020, 2019 and 2018, 66th in 2017, 61st in 2016, 65th in 2015, 67th in 2014, 73rd in 2013, 84th in 2012, 84th in 2011, 88th in 2010. In 2017 Evangelos was voted "Greek Shipping Personality of the Year" at the Lloyd's List Greek Awards.
Since the summer of 2010, Evangelos is the owner of the most successful and most popular football club in Greece, Olympiacos FC. Under his leadership, Olympiacos won ten championships and the highest ranking position (21st) in Europe in Olympiacos’ history.
Ιn 2014, his passion for his home city of Piraeus led him to get involved in local civic life. Together with the current Mayor of Piraeus, Yiannis Moralis, they founded the independent electoral alliance called "Piraeus Winner", which contested and won the consecutive municipal elections of 2014 and 2019. Evangelos was voted first member of the City Council with 14,010 and 15,816 votes respectively - record votes in the history of local council elections.
In 2017, Evangelos broadened his sporting activities further when he became the majority owner of the most historic English football club, Nottingham Forest FC. Under his leadership, the Club returned to the top tier of English football, the Premier League, in May 2022 following 23 years in the English Football League.
Evangelos is also active in the mass media sector, as a shareholder of Alter Ego Media S.A. which is publishing ‘Ta Nea’ and ‘To Vima’, two of Greece’s most authoritative and top-selling newspapers, as well as magazines, such as ‘Mommy’, ‘Gefsignostis’, ‘Vita’, ‘VimaGazino’ and operates Greece’s most popular internet portal ‘in.gr’ and ot.gr. Alter Ego Media also operates and broadcasts TV channel 'One Channel' on the internet and on Nova and Cosmote satellite platforms since May 2, 2019, and 'MEGA' TV station on Greek free terrestrial television since February 17, 2020.
Evangelos was born in 1967 in the Greek port city of Piraeus. He is the son of Miltiadis Marinakis, a shipowner and politician from Crete. His mother is Irene Karakatsani, whose family hail from the Pontus region and descend from the prominent Ypsilantis family. Throughout his life, he has been a strong supporter of actions to commemorate the victims of the genocide of the Greeks of Pontus, a lesser known tragedy in which around 350,000 Greeks perished.
Evangelos is married to Athanasia Kassioti and they have four children.