Thanasis Giannakopoulos Bio

Thanasis Giannakopoulos 1931 – 19 March 2019 was a Greek businessman, and a one-time pro sports club owner. The Giannakopoulos family has a combined estimated net worth as per their collective €1 billion business empire.

Thanasis Giannakopoulos Vianex

Giannakopoulos and his brother, Pavlos, were the owners of the pharmaceutical corporation Vianex, which was founded in 1924, by their father, Dimitrios Giannakopoulos, as a small local import and distribution firm.[1] Vianex currently manufactures and markets, in Greece and elsewhere, a variety of products, in collaboration with leading international firms. The company reported net sales of €240.2 million euros in 2012.

In 2006, Pavlos’ personal fortune was estimated to be €400 million euros, one half of the Giannakopoulos brothers’ €800 million euros business empire.

Thanasis Giannakopoulos Panathinaikos Athens

From 1987 to 2012, the Giannakopoulos brother managed Panathinaikos B.C., Panathinaikos V.C., and all of the Panathinaikos club’s amateur sports sections, from the athletics department to the water polo department. Thanasis was also the Chairman of the volleyball and amateur sections. Their involvement with the club brought Panathinaikos’ basketball team their greatest successes, in both domestic and European competitions.

Thanasis was also President of the basketball club, from 2002 to 2012. Through 2012, Panathinaikos had won 13 out of the last 15 Greek Basket League championships (excluding the 2001–02, and 2011–12 seasons) and the EuroLeague championship in the years 1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011.[3] The club, during that time, also featured some of the best basketball players from Greece, along with star players from abroad, such as Byron Scott, Dominique Wilkins and Dejan Bodiroga.

The basketball section of the club alone had a reported budget of €35 million in 2009. In 2011, Thanasis and his brother Pavlos won the EuroLeague Club Executive of the Year Award.[4] In 2012, Thanasis’ nephew, Dimitrios Giannakopoulos, the son of his brother, Pavlos, took over control of Panathinaikos B.C..

Thanasis Giannakopoulos Nickname

Nicknamed as typhoon (tifonas) for his emotional character, Thanasis was also famous for his multi-colored neckties with floral patterns.

Thanasis Giannakopoulos Cause of Death

The president of one of Greece’s biggest pharmaceutical companies and an influential personality in the Greek sports world, Thanasis Giannakopoulos has died. He was 88.

The last of three brothers, Giannakopoulos died on Tuesday in the intensive care unit of the Greek capital’s Hygeia Hospital after suffering a stroke.

The president of the Vianex pharmaceutical firm founded by his brother, Pavlos, in 1960, also co-owned the Panathinaikos Basketball Club from 1987 to 2012 with that brother before handing the popular Athens team’s reins over to Pavlos’s son, Dimitris.

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