The son of billionaire Socrates Kokkalis has been found dead in a hotel room in Cleveland. Socrates Kokkalis Jr. died on July 14, according to Cleveland.com. He was 34 years old. The website says that “three baggies of cocaine” were found in the hotel room on the T.V. stand at the Marriott on West Mall Drive. Police were called to the room at around 2:45 p.m., authorities believe that Kokkalis had died around 12 hours earlier. ABC Cleveland reports that the cocaine had been mixed with fentanyl. The medical examiner’s office told the station that Kokkalis’ death is “untimely” and that no official cause of death has been confirmed.
The ABC Cleveland report says that police have spoken to two people who were among the last to see Kokkalis alive. One was a business partner who had dinner with the Greek national on July 13 and last saw him at around 10:15 p.m. Another person said that he was Kokkalis leaving the elevator in the hotel after dinner.
Kokkalis father is the founder of Intracom, a Greek telecom company. His net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Kokkalis Attended Boston University
CNN Greece reports that Kokkalis was born in 1984 in Milan, the son of Socrates Kokkalis Sr. and Eleni Kokkalis. He was the couple’s youngest son. In 2001, Kokkalis graduated from Athens College before attending Boston University, completing a BA in International Relations in 2005.
According to the website for the Greek soccer club Olympiakos, Kokkalis was the vice president of the team, his father was the president. In addition, Kokkalis was in charge of business development for Intracom as well as being involved in the commercial aspect of Olympiakos.
2. Kokkalis Was in Cleveland as Part of Sports Gambling Venture
Greek news outlet, the Capital, reports that Kokkalis was in Cleveland on business relating to a sports betting business venture. CNN Greece reports that Kokkalis was on the board of directors of Intralo Interactive, a Greek gambling company. In a profile on the company’s website, it says that Kokkalis had “risen through the ranks at INTRALOT in rapid fashion.” Kokkalis had been with the company since 2007. In 2010, Kokkalis was appointed the business development executive of Intralot. Additionally, Kokkalis was a board member of INTRAKAT. In a statement to the network, Kokkalis’ family said, “The Kokkalis family, with deep sorrow, announces the sudden death of Socrates S. Kokkalis, 34, during a business trip to Cleveland, USA, Saturday July 14, 2018.”
3. One Friend Paid Tribute to Kokkalis Calling Him ‘One of the Best Greeks’
In paying tribute to his friend, entrepreneur Angelo Dalli wrote on Facebook, “Shocked and speechless at the sudden loss of Socrates Kokkalis jr. while on a business trip in the US. One of the best ever Greeks I’ve known – so unfair at such a young age. Honored to have had him on Bit8’s board and to have known him as a shining example of humbleness and a smart, fun loving character – hence why I chose to post a positive photo that I think represents him best. My thoughts with his family, friends and his colleagues at Intralot, Olympiacos FC and the Kokkalis Foundation. Adieu, Socrates!”
The president of Olympiakos, Vangelis Marinakis, said in a statement, via Google Translate, “I am shocked by the misfortune of a wonderful young man, Socrates S. Kokkalis. I liked Socrates and I especially appreciated him, his gentleness and the quality of his character made him special and dear to all of us. it was the hardest test that can happen to a person, I hope to find strength from the love of his family, the world and the support of all of us.”
Another friend, Chryssa Amanatidou, said, “Words cannot express my deep sadness for the loss of a beloved colleague. Socrates was an inspiration to everyone around him and his passion, generosity and big smile will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues around the world during this difficult time.”