On turning 18, Athina inherited the Onassis millions, becoming the richest teenager in the world
On her 18th birthday Athina Onassis stole the spotlight from her fellow heiresses when she became the richest teenager in the world after inheriting the bulk of the Onassis fortune, estimated at over £5 billion. The legacy brought little joy to Athina's family, however, and neither her mother Christina not her grandfather found happiness in their wealth.
At one point it looked as though the money could blight Athina's life too. Although she found love with Brazilian showjumper Alvaro "Doda" Neto, when she walked down the aisle in December 2005 it was on the arm of her fiance's father, rather than that of her own. Thierry Roussel stayed away, amid rumours that he questions the motivation behind Dada's attentions to his daughter. It remains to be seen whether Athina can free herself from what has come to be known as "the Onassis curse".