Antonis Samaras Biography
(Former Prime Minister of Greece)
Birthday: May 23, 1951 (Gemini)
Born In: Athens
Antonis Samaras is a Greek politician who served as the Prime Minister of Greece from June 2012 to January 2015. A man with a rich political history, he had also previously served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Culture and Sports. Born into a wealthy family as the son of a professor, he had a privileged upbringing. He was an athletic young man who used to play tennis as a teenager, winning the Greek Teen Tennis Championship when he was 17. Determined and ambitious, he went to the United States for his higher education and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He ventured into business after completing his studies, first opening a pizzeria which went on to become very successful. Eventually his interests turned towards politics and he was elected to the Greek parliament as an MP for New Democracy at the age of 26. Within a few years he became the Minister of Finance and served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs in two successive governments. He then broke away from New Democracy party in a controversial move only to rejoin the party after some years. He eventually achieved his greatest political ambition in 2012 when he was elected to the office of the Prime Minister of Greece.