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Pallis, Alexander (1850–1935), cotton merchant and translator, was born Alexandros Alexandrou Palles on 15 March 1850 at Piraeus, Greece, the youngest child in the family of three sons and one daughter of Alexandros Anastasiou Pales, later Palles (1808/9–1849/50), magistrate, descended from Epirot landowners, and his wife, ...

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Ralli, Pantia Stephen [Pandias Stephen] (1793–1865), merchant, was born on the Turkish island of Chios, the third son of Stephen Ralli (1755–1827), a wealthy merchant of Chios, and his wife, Loula, daughter of Avgoustis and Virginia Sechiari. Pantia's eldest brother, Zannis (1785–1859)...

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Stephen Augustus Ralli (1829–1902) by Walter William Ouless, 1881 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ralli, Stephen Augustus (1829–1902), merchant, was born in Marseilles, France, on 30 January 1829, the only son (there were two daughters) of Avgoustis (1792–1878) and Sozonga Ralli (d. 1878). His father was a Greek merchant. Stephen was educated in Marseilles. At the age of twenty-two, in 1851, he was summoned to ...

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Rodocanachi, Michael Emmanuel (1821–1901), merchant and banker, was born on 14 December 1821 on the Turkish island of Khíos, the third of five children of Emmanuel Paul Rodocanachi (1789–1855), merchant, and his wife, Franga (1795–1880), daughter of Theodore Mavrogordato. He was a member of the ...

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Rodocanachi, Peter Pandia (1831–1899), merchant and banker, was born on 22 September 1831 in Leghorn, Italy, the youngest of five children of Pandia Paul Rodocanachi (1786–1846), merchant, and his wife, Marigo, daughter of Theodore Petrocochino. He was a member of one of the most influential families in the Greek merchant diaspora; and the merchant enterprises run by the ...

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Stakis, Sir Reo [formerly Argyros Anastasis] (1913–2001), hotelier and businessman, was born Argyros Anastasis on 13 March 1913 in the village of Kato-Drys, near Lefkara, Cyprus, the eldest in the family of two sons and four daughters of Argyros Anastasis, a peasant farmer, and his wife, ...

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Vagliano, Panayis Athanase (1814–1902), merchant and shipowner, was born in the village of Keramies on the Greek island of Cephalonia, the fifth of the eight children of Anastase Vagliano (1775–1842) and his wife, Fronia. By the end of the nineteenth century he had become one of the leading Greek businessmen in the ...

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Basil Zaharoff (1849–1936) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Zaharoff, Basil [formerly Zacharias Basileios Zacharoff] (1849–1936), arms dealer, was born on 6 October 1849 at Muğla, Anatolia, the only son and eldest of the four children of Basilius Zacharoff (d. 1878) of Constantinople, a notary, commodity dealer, and importer of attar of roses, and his (reportedly blind) wife, ...