Greek Canadian billionaire Andreas “Andy” Apostolopoulos passed away on Monday, at the age of 69
He is best known as the modest businessman who revitalized properties in empty business areas and communities, redeveloping them into useful income-producing assets.
Apostolopoulos immigrated to Canada as a teenager in 1969 from Messini, Kalamata in Greece.
He began working as a laborer with a keen business sense, before starting his own office-cleaning company, followed by a plastic bag manufacturing firm.
Along with his three sons, he built one of Canada's largest privately held real estate corporations into a multi-billion dollar empire 'Triple Group' from the ground up.
In 2009, Apostolopoulos made international headlines when his investment company purchased the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
Today, Triple Group owns and manages commercial and industrial real estate internationally.
Apostolopoulos' ability to inspire, encourage and support those around him to achieve their dream best defines his legacy.
In addition to his outstanding business achievements, he received an honorary degree, and he was a giving philanthropist.
He is survived by his wife, sons Jim, Peter and Steve, their spouses, and five grandchildren.