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Rybolovlev is following in Onassis’s footsteps

21 April 2014 / 12:04:26  GRReporter
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The new owner of the mythical Island of Skorpios Dmitry Rybolovlev has had excellent connections with the island of Lefkada from the very beginning. He employs locals and makes donations.

According to mayor of the island Costas Aravanis, the Russian and his daughter Ekaterina have indicated interest in establishing links with local institutions. They have said that they want to establish relations of friendship and cooperation.

Evidence of this includes a super modern ambulance, worth 80,000 euro, which was donated to the hospital in Lefkada, as well as a truck for the city of Lefkada, worth 35,000 euro. Rybolovlev has recently donated a vessel to the port police. These grants aim to improve services for the local community, added Aravanis.

Besides donations, the Russian oligarch also creates jobs. Many locals work on Skorpios, mainly in construction. "In this way, incomes of people who are experiencing hard times due to the crisis are increasing," added the mayor.

On 4 June, a big party is expected to take place on the island for the birthday of the oligarch's firstborn daughter Ekaterina, who will turn 25. She is the official owner of the island. Ekaterina arrived incognito a few days ago. She walked around the island, talked to members of the staff who are there year-round and left instructions for the party.

Ekaterina has already chosen one of her favourite haute-couture dresses in bright colours. Private planes will land in Aktios and luxury yachts will anchor on the island, like in the times of Onassis.

Ekaterina wants everything to be perfect. The menu will include Greek specialties, foie gras and caviar, accompanied by local wines and French champagne.

Reportedly, the oligarch will spend a huge amount so that Ekaterina’s favourite singer, Beyonce, can come to the party and entertain the guests.

Two famous DJs from Ibiza and Monte Carlo will surely be present, and currently a Greek singer to also take part in the party is being sought for.

Personalities of the international jet set, players from the team of Monaco, which is owned by Rybolovlev, and many other young people will arrive on the island. These include Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife Charlene and her niece Charlotte Casiraghi. Rybolovlev is close friends with Albert.

Ekaterina Rybolovleva and Charlotte Casiraghi are close friends and admirers of riding. Both girls have participated many times in races in Monte Carlo and elsewhere around the world.

Some people think that invitees will also include Athina Onassis. It was precisely Aristotelis Onassis’s granddaughter who offered Ekaterina Rybolovleva the opportunity to buy the island.

Skorpios, which was bought by Onassis many years ago, is expected to experience new exciting moments when the private island will attract international attention again in June.

Tags: Island of Skorpios Dmitry Rybolovlev Ekaterina Rybolovleva Aristotle Onassis party
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