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Russian billionaire’s daughter buys Onassis island Skorpios

The daughter of Russian billionaire, co-founder of the Russian potash producer Uralkali, Dmitry Rybolovlev, has bought the Greek resort island where shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis famously married Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s, Reuters reported citing Rybolovlev’s investment office. The sale price was not disclosed. Greek media reported on Saturday placed the value of Skorpios Island at over $100 million and said Ekaterina Rybolovleva (24) wanted it not only for leisure, but also business purposes. She purchased Skorpios, in the Ionian Sea off western Greece, from Onassis’ granddaughter, Athena Onassis Roussel (28), the only surviving descendant of the shipping magnate. Rybolovleva also acquired the small neighboring island Sparti. Aristotle Onassis purchased Skorpios in 1963 and turned the barren island into a luxury resort by planting thousands of trees and importing sand. The mayor of the nearby island of Meganisi, Efstathios Zavitsanos, who is administratively responsible for Skorpios, said the deal was likely to be a long-term lease since, according to some lawyers, Aristotle Onassis’s will stated that Skorpios could not be sold or leave the family, Reuters wrote.