Christina Onassis biography
Christina Onassis was born December 11, 1950 in New York City. The daughter of self-made Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis, she devoted herself to working at her father's headquarters in Monaco, soon proving herself to be a savvy, intelligent businesswoman. Before long, she was running the family business. Unfortunately, her success was overshadowed by tragedy in her personal life. She died in 1988 at the age of 37.
Heiress and businesswoman Christina Onassis was born on December 11, 1950, in New York City. She was the daughter of self-made Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis and his first wife Athina "Tina" Livanos. Onassis was the couple's second child. Her older brother Alexander was born in 1948.
Christina Onassis spent her early childhood in New York and Switzerland, as much to further her education as to escape the family's media scrutiny and her parents' divorce. Her parents split up over Aristotle's affair with famed singer Maria Callas. Her father wed his next famous paramour, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, in 1968. Christina never warmed to her new stepmother.
Her mother also Tina remarried several times. In odd twist of fate, Tina married third husband Stavros Niarchos in 1971. Niarchos who was not only Aristotle's primary shipping rival, but the widower of Athina's sister. While she was raised in the lap of luxury, Christina Onassis grew up without much attention from either of her parents.
As public interest in her family grew, Christina became increasingly determined to carve her own path. She married millionaire American builder Joseph Bolker when she was only 20 years old. Bolker was 27 years her senior. It was a match her father deeply disproved of. This marriage would be the first of four, none of which lasted more than two years. After the marriage ended in 1971, Christina devoted herself to working at her father's headquarters in Monaco. She started as a secretary, but soon proved herself to be a savvy, intelligent businesswoman.
Unfortunately, Christina's success in business was overshadowed by tragedy in her personal life. Her beloved brother Alexander died in a plane crash in 1973. Both of her parents were devastated by his death. The following October, her mother passed away in Paris. Some reports indicate that she had taken a drug overdose or suffered a pulmonary edema. Aristotle died in 1975. Within such a short span of time, all of Christina's closest family members were gone. She reportedly tangled with her stepmother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis after her father's death. Onassis managed to gain control over much of her father's tremendous shipping empire and took the reins of the organization. Half of his estate was used to establish the Alexander Onassis Foundation.
Over the years, Onassis tried to find happiness. She married Alexander Andreadis, a member of prominent Greek family, in 1975. But their union was over the following year. In 1978, Onassis wed a Russian shipping agent.
Their marriage didn't last long either. Throughout these years, she struggled with her weight. There were also reports of her abusing amphetamines and barbiturates.
In 1984, Onassis wed French businessman Thierry Roussel. The couple welcomed a daughter, Athina, the following year. Onassis' marriage soon broke up, however, because of Roussel's infidelity. She was deeply hurt by this betrayal. According to some reports, Onassis was considering on starting a new life of herself and her daughter in Argentina at the time of her death. She was in Argentina visiting friends who lived near Buenos Aires in November of 1988. Onassis had reportedly had been in good spirits during her trip. On November 19, 1988, Christina was found dead in her friend's home. Her death was attributed to a heart attack brought on by years of drug abuse.
Christina is survived by her daughter, Athina, who was born in 1985. Athina was raised with her father, Thierry Roussel, stepmother and three step-siblings in Switzerland and France. Athina later battled her father for control of her inheritance, which has been estimated to be as much as $2.4 billion. In 2005, Athina married Olympic equestrian Affonso de Miranda Neto in Brazil.