Giannis Vardinogiannis (Greek: Γιάννης Βαρδινογιάννης) (born April 7, 1962 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek of Cretan descent, the first-born son of oil tycoon Vardis Vardinogiannis. He majored in economics at Vassar College in the United States. He is a former car rally champion who owns the private rally team Cyclon Rally Sport, with seven participations (from 1986 to 1992) in the international Acropolis Rally; he was first Greek driver in Acropolis Rally for five years from 1988 to 1992. He won six times (1987 to 1992) the Greek Rally title, driving Lancia Delta with co-driver Kostas Stefanis. Since his retirement from the sport, in 1993, he works in the family business, which has interests in oil, television broadcasting, publishing, shipping, etc. The Vardinoyannis family own the independent oil refinery Motor Oil Hellas, in whose Board of Directors Yannis Vardinoyannis also serves and shipping company Avin International S.A.
In 2000, he assumed full ownership of Panathinaikos FC after buying out his uncle Yiorgos Vardinogiannis' share.
He maintains various business interests of his own, such as the Ferrari dealership in Greece. On June 15, 2007 Giannis Vardinogiannis was elected president of the Greek Super League.
On April 13, 2008, more than 40,000 Panathinaikos supporters were gathered in the centre of Athens for a peaceful march, to protest against Giannis Vardinogiannis. The grand majority of Panathinaikos fans believe that Giannis Vardinogiannis's leadership is inadequate as Panathinaikos has won only twice the Greek Championship in the last 13 years. Some of the team's football legends such as Frangiskos Sourpis took part in the protest. Many fans accuse him of lacking ambition and not being interest in the club's success. Since he took over Panathinaikos football club, the team suffered many injustices on and off the field of play. Many fans were angered that as president, Giannis did nothing to protect the team and some even suggested that he is a fan of Olympiacos. Overall his ownership of Panathinaikos was a failure.
On April 21, 2008, fans of Rapid Wien expressed their support for Panathinaikos supporters against Giannis Vardinogiannis by raising a banner citing "Vardinogianni sell and go to hell" 
In autumn 2011, Giannis Vardinnogianis announced that his family intend to give up the Panathinaikos business for ever and put up his 54% shares for interested parties to take for free. This decision came after the club was forced to sell its main assets in players such as Jibril Cisse and was dumped out of European competition in August for the first time in their history.
He is the principal shareholder of the Cairo-based Vegas Oil and Gas.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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