Spyros Stavros Niarchos (alternately: Spiros) was born in 1955, second son of the Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos and Eugenia Livanos. He is a grandson of another Greek shipping giant, his mother's father, Stavros G. Livanos.
In 1987, while skiing in Switzerland, he met nineteen-year-old Daphne Guinness and they soon married. The marriage ultimately ended in divorce, with Guinness receiving a GBP 20 million settlement in 1999. The couple have three children:
Nicolas Stavros Niarchos (born 1989)
Alexis "Lex" Niarchos (born 1991)
Ines Niarchos (born 1995)
In January 1999, Niarchos was a witness at the wedding of his best friend, Ernst August V, Prince of Hanover.
He is also the godfather of Crown Prince Pavlos' youngest son, Prince Aristides Stavros.
With his brother, Philip, Niarchos is Co-President and Member of the Board of Directors at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and he jointly inherited their father's astonishing private art collection.
^ a b Heiress apparent, The Sunday Times, October 21, 2007.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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