The life of Stelios age 39
I floated this oil tanker company on the NYSE in 2001 and in 2005 we sold it to OSG Shipping Group for approximately $1.3 Billion. Nowadays, acting through my jersey registered private investment vehicle, the easyGroup, which owns the easy brand and licenses it to the various easy branded ventures, including the airline, I see myself more as the manager of the brand and less as a manager of one of my family of companies.
easyJet PLC which is Europe's largest low cost airline by revenues with a fleet of 100 jets and growing, carried 30 million passengers in 2005. Other easyGroup companies, which are detailed at the easyGroup portal easy.com cover areas as diverse as Internet cafes, car hire, online price comparison, personal finance, cinema, buses, male toiletries, on line recruitment, pizza delivery, music downloads, mobile telephony, hotels, a cruise line and wrist watches!
I was born in Greece on the 14th of February, 1967 , the middle child of Loucas and Nedi Haji-Ioannou. I was educated in Athens to High School level and in 1984 continued my education at the London School of Economics. I also graduated from the City University Business School with an MSC in Shipping Trade and Economics.
On the "giving something back" side, Stelios is interested in education for under-privileged students and sustainable development. In 1992Ii founded CYMEPA, the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association. This is a non-profit making association of ship owners and Cyprus-based business people who believe in sustainable development. I recently endowed this association with a further gift worth more than $600,000. In 2005 I made a pledge to both the London School of Economics and the City of London Cass Business School , worth Ã‚Â£3m for the funding of 100 scholarships over 10 years in each establishment. The students will be known as the Stelios Scholars.