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The Tragedy of Onassis

Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975) was a Greek shipping magnate. He famously married Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the former President of the United States. Due to his exceptional business sense, he was hugely successful in his trade. With the vast fortune he earned from his business, he was able to live doing whatever he pleased. He was so rich, in fact, that some years after his death, his three-year-old grandchild inherited around one billion dollars. However, in his final moments, Onassis reportedly said the following:

“I've just been a machine for making money. I seem to have spent my life in a golden tunnel looking for the outlet which would lead to happiness. But the tunnel kept going on. After my death there will be nothing left.”

(Quoted in the Australian newspaper The Age, March 17th 1975)


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