he end of the Onassis Era for Skorpios…
Then again, this may not be true. Maybe we read too many wicked stepmother fairytales! Maybe you actually enjoyed your life growing up in as normal a way as possible and as part of a large family with the added bonus of bodyguards… maybe that’s what has made you want to sever connections with anything that’s Greek…and forget about the Greek part of your heritage, a heritage that appeared to be too hard for you to cope with, a heritage you didn’t seem to want, except briefly when you were talking about holding The Athina Onassis Equestrian Competition in Athens, when your beloved was considering wearing Greek colours for the Olympics, although we did read on your website that you are still riding for Greece ‘Athina then switched her national affiliation from France to Greece, effective for all of her equestrian competitions’ .
You virtually gave it away…
The Emir of Qatar bought a couple of islands of his own in the Ionian for his family vacations just a few weeks ago, and now the Russian Rybolovlev has ‘bought’ yours, handing over something more than 100 million dollars for a piece of the Onassis myth - the Onassis myth which lives on long after its main protagonists have left this world, and remains forever synonymous with wealth, power and glory intertwined as it was with stories of the world's rich and powerful, from Hollywood stars and celebrities to royalty and politicians.
It is a real shame that you didn’t decide to do something yourself with your fabled island paradise in the Ionian. This mythical island which hosted so many celebrities and legends in their own right, was also home to two famous women, Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and the final resting place of the Onassis family members.
Since you didn’t want to go there why not open it up and share it with the rest of the world?
There are so many who would love to be able to visit, to see this beautiful island, to capture a bit of history, a piece of the glorious past, to see up close the legend that was the Onassis retreat… recreating the atmosphere, the glamour and the joy of the time when your grandfather was alive and bringing back that ultimate Greek’s love of life!
The Onassis legend and the Onassis legacy remain and will do so forever but Skorpios is now in the hands of Ekaterina and Dimitri Rybolovlev who we hope will breathe new life into the island and the entire area.
For you, the last Onassis, a clean cut, a clean break, a clean slate that you can now draw on as much as your heart desires.
We sincerely hope it brings you the happiness you are looking for.
If and when you do decide to claim back your Greek heritage, and we hope for your sake that that day comes soon, Greece will always be there for you...
PS Onassis international Prizes - Where Are they Today?
While we are talking about what a shame it is how these situations have developed, it would be interesting to find out what happened to the Onassis International Prizes which Onassis had intended to be the Greek equivalent of the Nobel Prizes?
From Simone Veil to Herbert von Karajan and Elizabeth Taylor to Manolis Andronikos, the Laureate list from 1980 to 1993, the last year that they were awarded, is impressive to say the least.
To read about Onassis on Wikipedia Click here
To read about the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Click here
To read about Athina Onassis on the ADSport Horses Site, Click here
To read Athina Onassis: In the Eye of a Storm by Alexis Mantheakis, former Roussel family spokesman click here
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