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Skorpios island sold to billionaire

- by Archimedes

Skorpios island sold to billionaire.

The private Greek Island of Skorpios has been sold to to the daughter of Russian billionaire oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev , current owner of Monaco Football Club. The small, private island off the coast of the popular holiday island of Lefkas in the Ionian Sea was formerly owned by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

It has changed hands for a reported $100 million and Ekaterina Rybolovleva, 24, wants it not only for leisure but also business purposes with plans to turn the island into a hideaway attraction for the mega-rich.

He father Rybolovlev is certainly a big spender with money to burn. Ekaterina recently bought a US Manhattan apartment for $88 million and a divorce settlement with his former wife, Elena, cost him $5 billion.

He has a chequered past that includes 11 months in prison before being cleared of being implicated in the murder of another Russian businessman.

Dmitry Rybolovlev, 47, owns 10% of the Bank of Cyprus but faces considerable losses as the Cypriot government is seizing up to 80% of bank accounts worth over €100,000.

Holiday visitors to Lefkas can take boat trips around the island of Skorpios and are even allowed to swim in some of the island's designated small bays. It is not known if public visits will continue following the sale to the Russian.

Skorpios was once the private island of Aristotle Onassis who once lived there with Jacqueline Kennedy, the former wife of the assassinated US president John Kennedy.

When Onassis lived there the island hosted many famous celebrities including the opera star Maria Callas and movie star Greta Garbo. Skorpios island was also the site of Onassis's wedding to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968.

Skorpios is just one of 10 small islets off the Lefkas coastline. The others are Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Madouri, Skorpidi, Thilia, Petalou and Kythros.

Skorpios island is just 4km from the popular Lefkas resort of Nidri and easily visible from there but the mansion houses in the interior are well hidden in thick woods.