Greece issues are reviving the sale of famous Greek islands. One of the sellers is Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, who has shown willingness to buy two islands in the Ionian Sea, including the island of Scorpios, owned by Aristotle Onassis.
Scorpios Island, the island where took place the wedding between Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy (widow of the late US President John F. Kennedy), is valued at ~ 200 million dollars.
Qatar is listed as one of the largest parties involved in the rescue of the Greek economy from its debt crisis as it has big investments in the country. Greece is also a popular destination for Qataris for tourism and business opportunities.
The Qatari royal however may have another contender vying to buy it: Bill Gates. The Microsoft founder visited the island in July 2009 reportedly with the intention of buying it. Then, Greek authorities were not willing to sell it as they viewed Onassis’ island as national heritage.
Theodoros Varikos, the mayor of the region where the island is located, said “Athena cannot sell the island because Onassis has specified in his will that it cannot be sold.”