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Former Governor Pataki Endorses Catsimatidis for NYC Mayor

John Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group , at his office in NYC. Credit: Heuichul Kim
John Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group , at his office in NYC. Credit: Heuichul Kim

According to the New York Times, George E. Pataki, the three-term former Republican governor, said on Thursday that he would back John A. Catsimatidis, the billionaire owner of Gristedes, in his bid for the Republican mayoral nomination.

Greek-born American billionaire businessman, John Catsimatidis kicked off his campaign for the New York Mayor’s race on Jan. 29 on the steps of City Hall.

The fortune of Mr. John Catsimatidis (who grew up in Harlem, the poorest borough of New York City) today exceeds the billion dollar mark. While he was studying at NYU, he was working as an employee of a super market, though he never managed to get his degree.  Despite the fact that he never finished, this University (which is one of top ten Universities in the US) granted him an honorary Doctorate.

Red Apple Group has holdings in oil refining, wholesale and retail petroleum distribution, convenience stores, supermarkets, real estate, and aviation. Red Apple Group posted revenues of over $4 billion in 2010.

Mr. Catsimatidis is a major employer in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio with over 8,000 employees, a global leader in the Greek Orthodox Church, in which he chairs the Religious Freedom Committee, bonding together Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and Jews in support of religious freedom around the world.

Catsimatidis had first said that he was thinking seriously to run for mayor in an exclusive interview with the Greek reporter in December 2012.

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