Early Life and Education
Goulandris Group was an illustrious shipping empire founded on Andros Island. Additionally, this family made their mark through art and culture; founding the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation in Athens which hosts exhibitions, educational programs, cultural events with advanced museological applications within modern and contemporary art fields.
He was an unassuming individual who preferred not to attract media coverage. Additionally, he was an accomplished racehorse owner, breeding such renowned horses as Formidable and Shoemaker.
He was an intimate companion of Taki Theodoracopulos, High Life correspondent for The Spectator. Both he and his late wife cherished modern art and amassed an extensive collection. Additionally, both were generous philanthropists with estates in the Bahamas managed by Lyford Cay Foundations (a charitable trust).
Goulandris built one of the largest fleets of Liberty type ships and tankers after World War II. Their group purchased both newbuild and second hand vessels.
Goulandris acquired Hesmonds Stud in Sussex during the mid-1960s and bred several successful horses there, such as Pas De Seul, winner of the 1982 Prix de la Foret and Terimon, champion in 1991 Judmonte International race. Additionally, their yard produced other top performers including Three Tails and Maysoon which finished third at successive Oaks events.
Goulandris family shipping business was steadily expanded during the early 1990s with purchases of secondhand Panamax bulkers and deliveries of four Supramax bulkers from Japanese yards. Leonidas VLCC joined by four double hull tankers named Ephesos, Violando Militos Nicolaos comprise their current fleet.
Achievement and Honors
Goulandris Family expanded their fleet, adding three vessels – tankers Neapolis and Violanda as well as general cargo ships Derby and Dorset in 1958, along with VLCC Leonidas that was delivered in 1959.
Couple was not only committed to their business success, but were equally passionate about fostering Greek culture. They donated an Unknown Sailor statue to Andros city and purchased an old traditional building from which they intended to open a museum.
They left behind an extensive private collection of art that they wished would become available to the public; their wish has come true through the foundation they established in Athens.
Though she kept much of her personal life private, she was an accomplished art collector and promoter of contemporary Greek artists. She maintained several residences over time including Lyford Cay in the Bahamas; Castlemartin Estate in County Kildare; and Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin.
She was an active horse breeder with operations in Ireland, England and Normandy France; her horses raced throughout the world. Additionally, she patronized painting as well as other arts.
She was the founding president and trustee of London-based PJ Goulandris Foundations and served on the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee board. When she died at age 93 in the Bahamas she left her son Basil P Goulandris as well as daughters Chryssi and Tyna as well as 10 grandchildren behind.
Constantinos Nikolaos Alexander-Goulandris boasts a net worth of $15 billion. He serves as chairman for Victory Carriers and Petromaritime, two Monaco-based petroleum and energy shipping companies that were built through acquisition. Furthermore, Victory Group owns 15 million sq ft (1 400,000 m2) of commercial real estate around the globe including Olympic Tower in New York City as well as maintaining over a dozen subsidiaries.
Goulandris was an avid horse breeder who raced under different house names and maintained stud farms across Ireland, England, Normandy in France and the US. Additionally, she owned various residences – ranging from her main house near Kilcullen in County Cork to summer houses at Glandore in County Cork – including an apartment complex near one of her primary addresses in Kilcullen.