Stavros Niarchos was a shipping tycoon and famous art collector. While working at his uncles’ mills, he envisioned his future relating to the sea and proposed to them to invest in cargo ships. The great depression of 1929 became his golden ticket to success when he bought his first six ships. Even though he immigrated to the United States in the 1930s, he did not avoid his involvement in the war operations during WWII. After the war, he resumed his business and managed to create the largest privately owned shipping fleet in the world.