A happy Ari and Jackie Onassis, winter 1973. First, the island. Now, the yacht. Skorpios. Three months ago, the private Greek island Skorpios, home to shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis and his wife, former American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was sold for $TK by his 28 year old granddaughter Athina Onassis. The buyer is 24 year old Russian heiress Ekaterina Rybolovlevato, whose father built his $9.1 billion fortune on fertilizer production. At the time of the island’s purchase, a spokesperson announced that the Harvard-educated heiress planned to possibly make Skorpios a luxury resort. Three weeks ago, the fabled yacht Christina, so lavishly loved by Ari and Jackie Onassis, was put on the market for $32.4 million. About a decade ago it had been sold by the Onassis Foundation, which managed some of the estate assets, to a company which then restored and rented it out for private cruises until just recently. Already known for her genius marketing and business savvy, Ekaterina Rybolovlevato might well buy and return the yacht to its original mooring at Skorpios. The Christina. Reuniting the Onassis yacht with the Onassis island would make a Skorpios resort vacation of respite and cruises an irresistible once-in-a-lifetime experience which, a half-century ago, was enjoyed only by the elite of the elite, those relatively few living legends and recognizable faces among the many more famous bold-faced names who composed the class of European and American elite who socialized among each other. In the 1950s they were called Cafe Society. In the 1960s they were called the Jet Set. They had New York apartments for weekdays, English country estates for weekends, and private planes to get them in between. They rented suites to ski Gstaad in winter and crews to race Cote d’Azur sailboats in summer. It was Palm Beach for New Year’s and Antigua for Easter. They were young stars, political powers, old scions, nouveau industrialists, titled nobility and High Society swells. Onassis at the start of his career – when he was still able to sleep regular hours. Onassis, however, had his own private island and yacht. Everyone flocked to him. That is, if they were invited. After his 1957 purchase from the government of TAE Greek National Airlines, which he renamed as Olympic Airlines, he could even fly them down. The Onassis touch offered passengers food service with gold cutlery and music provided by a live pianist. The Onassis logo for his new airlines.
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