Evangelos Marinakis was born in Piraeus, Greece on 30 July 1967. He is the only son of Miltiadis Marinakis and Irini Marinaki (née Karakatsani). His father, Miltiadis Marinakis, was a shipowner, a Member of the Greek Parliament and, at times, a financial supporter of Piraeus football club, Olympiacos. Evangelos Marinakis earned a B.A. in ‘International Business Administration’ and an M.Sc. in ‘International Relations’ in London.
Marinakis is the founder and chairman of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. From March 2010 until September 2011, he also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NYSE-listed Crude Carriers Corp. Between March 2007 and December 2014 he was chairman of Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:CPLP). From 1992 to 2005, Marinakis was the commercial manager of Capital Ship Management Corp. and oversaw the businesses of the group of companies that now form Capital Maritime. For the past decades, he has also been active in several other family-controlled businesses all related to the shipping industry.
Awards & distinctions
Having “grown his shipping empire from the small company he took over from his father, which controlled seven bulk carriers”, he is regarded as one of the most important and influential shipping personalities worldwide. He was included in the Lloyd’s List “One Hundred Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry” list, ranking 66th in 2017, ranking 61st in 2016, ranking 65th in 2015, 67th in 2014, 73rd in 2013 and 84th in 2012. He was also included in the TradeWinds “Power 100″ list of the ‘top shipowners and operators”, ranking 31st in 2012 and 75th in 2010. In 2014 and 2010 he was awarded the “Newsmaker of the Year” award at the annual Lloyd’s List “Greek Shipping Awards”, while in 2009 his company, Capital Ship Management Corp. was awarded the “Tanker Company of the Year” award. In 2016, he was awarded the first ever “Xenakoudis Excellence in Shipping Award” by the International Registries, Inc./The Marshall Islands Registry.
In November 2017, Marinakis received the Lloyd’s List “Greek Shipping Personality of the Year” Award at a special ceremony in Athens. Nigel Lowry of Lloyd’s List said Marinakis was the “outstanding candidate” for the award and noted his $1 billion investment in fleet capacity in 2017, his “dynamic dealmaking” in the shipping sector, as well as a range of other activities across philanthropy, sports and media.