The late John S. Latsis was a noted Greek entrepreneur and philanthropist who was known and is remembered for his humanitarian works just as much as for his many business achievements. Born near the beginning of the last century into a large family with very little money, John S. Latsis learnt even as a child the value and necessity of hard work and community spirit. After graduating from the Pyrgos School of Commerce, John entered the trade industry, quickly gravitating to shipping. Over the years, John would explore many aspects of business and commerce including financial services and petroleum exports, using his quick business acumen and natural ability to spot opportunity to expand his interests and increase his profits rapidly.
Never a man to forget his roots and guided by a strong social conscience, John S. Latsis spent much of the latter half of his long life providing financial and practical support to hundreds of individuals and organisations. John was never better than at times of national crisis, such as during and following the Kalamata earthquakes which devastated an entire region of his home country in 1986. John donated medical aid and a factory building pre-fabricated housing to the cause and also volunteered his entire cruise ship to lodge one thousand citizens for two years as they waited for their homes to be rebuilt. John was also instrumental in assisting during the earthquakes in Greece of 1988, 1993, 1995 and 1999 in Ileia, Grevena and Athens.
Many of the aid projects established by John S. Latsis during his lifetime were founded on an ongoing basis, providing coordinated funding and oversight in the form of various Foundations, more information about which can be found on the Services page of this website. John also made many generous donations to the Greek state throughout his life, some of which stand testament to his legacy including the Latsio Burn Centre and the Latsio Elementary School buildings complex at Athens College. Throughout the eighties, John S. Latsis made notable contributions to the fire and police departments and the Ministry of Public Order including functional operational equipment. As a shipping magnate, John had a particular empathy with sailors and made many contributions to charitable organisation that supported Greek sailors and their families.
Greetings and welcome to the blog of Spiro Latsis dedicated to news and announcements relating to the work of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. A bio of the Foundation can be accessed through the pop-out menu with a full history of the Greek philanthropist and entrepreneur John S. Latsis and an overview of the work of the Foundation which was established two years after his death in his honour, and is today supervised by a board consisting of Spiro Latsis, the son of John, daughters Marianna and Margarita and wife Henrietta. On these pages, Spiro Latsis will ensure that all interested parties are kept fully informed about upcoming projects supported by the Foundation.
To assist you in finding the information you require quickly and easily, this site has a user-friendly interface for ease of navigation. The top menu bar will take you directly to an online contact form or details of the various services provided by the Foundation, while the blog heading navigates to a chronological list of all posts. Each page offers numerous further search options to the right of the page including an open search bar, lists of recent and archived posts, recent comments and relevant categories.
There are many services which were established during the lifetime of John S. Latsis which are continued today under the auspices of his family Henrietta, Marianna, Margarita and Spiro Latsis. One of the first foundations that John set up was the Ileians’ Scholarships Foundation in 1967, providing scholarships to students wishing to pursue a course of undergraduate or post-graduate study. The Latsis family continues to support hundreds of students in Greece and overseas pursuing either a Masters’ degree or a PhD across a broad scope of subjects.
The Fondation Latsis Internationale is a non-profit foundation based in Switzerland since 1975 with focus on awarding annual prizes to scientific groups who have made outstanding or innovative contributions to their field. In 1991, the Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Albanians of Greek Descent was established, contributing to improvements in living conditions and prospects in the job market through the provision of both lodgings and education for Albanians with Greek ascendants. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation also supports social welfare programmes such as the Family and Childcare Centre and the Food Bank – Foundation to Fight Hunger. These initiatives offer invaluable aid, education and support to some of the most vulnerable members of society.