Sotirios Anargyros – The founder

The founder of the Foundation was Sotirios Anargyros, a Greek maritime merchant, who at the end of the 19th century immi­grated to USA and became one of the largest tobacco trader of the time.

After returning to his homeland in Spetses, he made it his lifetime goal to develop the island. To this end he financed several large and pioneering projects including the first reservoir of Spetses, the luxurious Poseidonion Hotel, and the replanting of the great forest of Spetses, which, although the namesake of the island, Spetses meaning “Pine-Island” in Greek, had been exhausted due to the need of shipbuilding over the prior centuries.

Understanding, however, the fundamental importance of education for the long lasting and true development of the island and sharing the vision on education with the great Greek prime-minister Eleftherios Venizelos, who envisioned the establishment of an educational institution that would educate the leaders for the nascent Greek society, a vision which Anargyros endorsed, he built in the 1920’s, together with another benefactor, Marinos Korgialeneios, the “Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses – AKSS” to emulate the famous British schools Eton and Harrow.

Anargyros died in 1928, some short weeks after the establishment of the ANARGYREIOS & KORGIALENEIOS SCHOOL OF SPETSES Foundation.