Marfin group founder suf­fers heart at­tack

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Andreas Vgenopou­los, the lawyer turned busi­ness­man who founded one of Greece’s largest hold­ing groups, died at the age of 63 early on Satur­day fol­low­ing a heart at­tack. Vgenopou­los was the founder of Marfin In­vest­ment Group, which owned a num­ber of busi­nesses in Greece and south­east­ern Europe. These still in­clude the Vi­var­tia food com­pany, the At­tica Group ferry op­er­a­tor and the Sin­gu­lar Logic in­for­ma­tion sys­tems firm. Vgenopou­los, born in Athens in 1953, was a cham­pion fencer who took part in the 1972 Olympics. He went on to set up a law firm be­fore be­com­ing in­volved in busi­ness and bank­ing. His in­volve­ment in bank­ing on Cyprus led to a ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Vgenopou­los was the head of the now-de­funct Laiki Bank, which was ac­cused of cor­rupt lend­ing prices, al­le­ga­tions that Vgenopou­los had firmly de­nied. Cypriot Attorney Gen­eral Costas Clerides said on Satur­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged wrong­do­ing at the bank would con­tinue.

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