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Sunday, April 14, 2013

SOLD: Skorpios- The £100m paradise isle where Onassis married Jackie Kennedy

This feature article of mine appears in the Daily Express. The buyer of the island has been confirmed as Ekaterina Rybolovleva.

WHO hasn’t dreamed of one day owning their very own island in the sun? For Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, then one of the richest men in the world, the dream came true in 1962 when he bought the beautiful 200-acre island of Skorpios, which lies in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece

The heavily forested island has been owned by the Onassis family for more than 50 years and has been very close to their hearts. It was on Skorpios in 1968 that Aristotle Onassis married Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the widow of American president John F Kennedy. Aristotle, who died in 1975, is buried on the island as are his daughter Christina and son Alexander.

But now it seems the dream is over. If recent reports are to be believed, Onassis’s granddaughter Athina has agreed to sell Skorpios for £100million to an unnamed Russian billionaire, marking the end of the island’s association with a family who despite their great wealth have known more than their fair share of tragedy.

You can read the whole piece here.

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