ATHENS – Businessman Dimitris Kontominas died at the age of 83 on Thursday. Kontominas had been facing serious health problems in the past few years.
Kontominas owned Prime Insurance and MyDirect insurers. He founded or acquired other companies, including:
Interbank (later acquired and absorbed by Eurobank in 1997)
Intertech (exclusive representative products Panasonic)
Novabank Greece SA (Because NovaBank’s then parent company was Millennium BCP (Banco Comercial Português), on 6 November 2006 NovaBank was renamed Millennium Bank which was acquired by Piraeus Bank in 2013)
InterJet – aircraft and helicopter fleet
Alpha TV and radio station Alpha 98.9 (66% held by January 2012, the German RTL Group)
Village Roadshow Greece theaters
Athens/Thessaloniki Channel 9 and radio station Alpha 96.5 Radio in Thessaloniki
In 2012 Kontominas took back the shares of Alpha TV when RTL Group decided to exit. In 2015 Alpha TV was the number one Greek TV station.
Kontominas was the president of DEMCO GROUP, one of Greece’s largest investment holding companies. It has a diversified portfolio, with holdings in media, financial services, entertainment, IT & telecoms, leisure & entertainment, and food & beverages. Within its companies’ portfolio one can find Village Group (cinema and films), Alpha TV and Alpha Radio, Intertech (Panasonic’s exclusive representative in Greece), Prime Insurance, myDirect online insurance, Sportday newspaper and many more. For a little time in the early 2000s he was the owner of Aris F.C.
He was declared “Great Protekdikos Archon of the Ecumenical Throne” by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and “Great Benefactor” by the Metropolis of Chalcedon.