The life of millionaire shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis is a riches to rags—and back to riches again—story. His underhanded business dealings were constantly under suspicion, and so was his unseemly pursuit of married women. Operating in some of the world’s most glamorous locations, Onassis manipulated his romantic and commercial life with a lethal combination of an ice cold heart and undeniable charm.

1. He Had A Distinguished Start

Although he was Greek, Aristotle Socrates Onassis was actually born in Smyrna, Turkey in 1906. His father, Socrates, was a successful shipping entrepreneur, and as such, little Onassis not only enjoyed a charmed childhood, but also received an esteemed education. Unfortunately, no amount of privilege could save him from an unspeakable tragedy.

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