John Catsimatidis of Red Apple Group

The owner, president, chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group is John Catsimatidis. He also owns the Gristedes Foods. There is a subsidiary of the Red Apple Group called the United Refining Company, which is owned by John as well. The Red Apple Group has its shares distributed in the aviation industry and the real estate sector. His business flourishes in the area comprising of New York, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Hellenic Times publication is owned and operated by him. He can undoubtedly be considered as a multi-faceted business personality. His achievements and contribution towards the furtherance of his business and economy as a whole has made him the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Catsimatidis immigrated to the United States as an infant, accompanied by his parents from the island of Nisyros, Greece. He acquired his graduation degree from the Brooklyn Technical High School in the year 1966. His journey towards becoming a millionaire started off in a pretty somber manner. His career began as a mere recruit under his uncle in the supermarket located on the 137th Street. He named his first store in Manhattan, named ‘Seven Eleven’. During the later part of the 1970s, he started his Red Apple supermarket on the 87th Street, adjacent to Broadway. Being a certified jet pilot, it was not hard for him to indulge in the aviation industry.



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