Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy: Profiling Evangelos Marinakis

Evangelos Marinakis is a successful investor and businessman who founded the Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. and works as the company Chairman. Marinakis followed in the footsteps of his father professionally by entering the shipping industry; Miltiadis Marinakis was a prominent Greek shipowner and today the Marinakis family manages a large mixed fleet of more than 70 vessels through the Capital Maritime Group. These vessels include container ships, dry bulk carriers and tankers.

Marinakis completed his secondary education in his hometown of Piraeus in Greece. Following this, he moved to England to attend The American International University in London. Evangelos Marinakis achieved both a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree, in International Business Administration and International Relations respectively.

The career of Evangelos Marinakis began at Elders Chartering Limited in the UK, where he worked as a trainee chartering broker. He also worked for Harley Mullion before moving into the shipping industry, working for Capital Ship Management Corporation as the Commercial Manager for 13 years.

In 2005, Marinakis left the company to branch out on his own, with the establishment of Capital Maritime & Trading Corporation. He later founded another company, Crude Carriers Corporation, and served as CEO between 2010 and 2011, before merging the company with Capital Product Partners L.P, of which he was Chairman of the Board at the time.

Evangelos Marinakis is known not only for his prominent interest in the shipping industry, but also for the generous philanthropy that he has pursued throughout his career. Marinakis has utilised his own personal financial resources, business prowess and status as a public figure to make a real impact on society.

In 2012 he donated €168,590 to the ‘Greece Debt Free’ charity on behalf of Olympiacos F.C. He also made a €500,000 contribution following the 2014 Cephalonia earthquakes to help rebuild schools in the area.

Marinakis supports and helped to establish a partnership between UNICEF and Olympiacos F.C., which works to deliver vaccines to children in the developing world. Through his company, Marinakis has won several environmental awards, including the GREEN4SEA Excellence Award and the Green Environmental Achievement Award.

Marinakis is also the owner of football clubs Olympiacos in Greece and  Nottingham Forest in the UK.