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CHRISTINA ONASSIS

Born December 11, 1950 in New York                             
City. The daughter of self-made Greek shipping magnate           
Aristotle Socrates Onassis, Christina spent her early           
childhood in New York and Switzerland, as much to further her   
education as to escape the familyís media scrutiny and her       
parentís divorce. In 1968, her father married Jacqueline         
Kennedy, the widow of former President John F. Kennedy. Her     
mother, Athina, also remarried, this time to Stavros Niarchos,   
who was not only Aristotleís primary shipping rival, but the     
widower of Athinaís sister.                                     
As public interest in her family grew, Christina became         
increasingly determined to carve her own path. After dropping   
out of Queens College, she married a realtor who was more than   
twice her age. The marriage would be the first of four, none     
of which lasted more than two years. After the marriage ended,   
Christina devoted herself to working at her fatherís             
headquarters in Monaco. She started as a secretary, but soon     
proved herself to be a savvy, intelligent businesswoman.         
Before long, she was running the family business.               
Unfortunately, Christinaís success in business was               
overshadowed by tragedy in her personal life. In the early       
1970s, within five years of one another, her brother,           
Alexander, her mother and her father would all die of           
unrelated circumstances. Though she continued to successfully   
run the shipping empire, the press frequently reported of her   
addiction to amphetamines and barbiturates. On November 19,     
1988, Christina was found dead in a friend's home in             
Argentina. 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 lives with her father, Thierry Roussel,             
stepmother and three step-siblings in Switzerland and France     
and is the sole heiress to the $600 million Onassis fortune     
and a $2.4 billion inheritance.