Airlines: Rivalry of Riches

In their long-running game of oneupmanship, Greek Shipowners Aristotle Onassis, 61, and Stavros Niarchos, 58, have vied in everything from outfitting their yachts with art treasures to transforming their private islands into playgrounds for the beautiful people. But nothing has been more spirited than the rivalry between the onetime brothers-in-law-over Olympic Airways, which Onassis set up in 1957 after outbidding Niarchos for exclusive rights to run Greece's national airline.

Olympic lost money at first, but Onassis has since built it into a flourishing carrier. Meanwhile, he has twice persuaded the Greek...

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