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Manoli Olympitis

Manoli Olympitis

British businessman

Emmanuel John "Manoli" Olympitis (born 19 December 1948) is a British businessman. He is Chairman of Lyra Investments (UK) Ltd., a director of Canoel International Energy Ltd, director and chairman of China Cablecom Holdings Ltd's audit committee, as well as non-executive director and chairman of Photo-Me International Plc's audit committee.

He was educated at The King's School, Canterbury and then at University College London. His early business career began after moving to County Bank from a pupillage at the bar with the Inns of Court. As managing director, and later Group Chief Executive of Aitken-Hume International (the financial services company co-founded by former Conservative party Member of Parliament Jonathan Hume), Olympitis returned the merchant bank to profitability. Subsequently, as Executive Chairman of Pacific Media Plc, he led the company from the Alternative Investment Market to a full listing on the LSE.

Personal life

His first marriage, to Jan (Golding) Coleman Cushing, ended in 1986. He then married to Emily Todhunter the Chelsea-based interior designer. The couple have three children. John Olympitis, his son by Jan Amory is a Portfolio Manager in the United States.

He speaks English and Greek fluently, as well as some French, Spanish and Italian. Thanks to various directorships across business sectors, Olympitis holds multiple regulatory qualifications in the UK, the US and around the world.


Emmanuel Olympitis matriculated at The King's School in Canterbury, Kent, and studied Law at University College London, where he took an LLB Honours degree in 1970. After his Law degree, he undertook a pupillage at the bar with the Inns of Court. Deciding against law as a career, he moved to merchant banking with County Bank from 1971 to 1973.


Emmanuel Olympitis spent the first years of his business career in New York firstly as Executive Director of Bankers Trust International Ltd from 1976 to 1980 and then as President of venture capital and mergers & acquisitions boutique Centaur Resources from 1981 to 1986. His held the positions of Senior non-executive director & Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Photo-Me International Plc. He resigned as a director of China Cablecom Holdings Ltd in June 2011

Writing career

By Victories Undone, written by Olympitis and Raymond Lewis, was published by Quartet Books in 1988. Called a 'Bestseller for intelligent readers' by Norman Mailer (who also wrote the foreword), Manoli dedicated the novel to Kathryn Skoyles, who ran the London mystery bookshop 'Crime in Store'.

The dedication was: "For Kathryn, And all her future victories, best wishes, Manoli, London, August 1988". The novel was no. 3 on Harrods' best seller list for several weeks in 1988.


December 19, 1948
Manoli Olympitis was born.


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