Owner and CEO of the Red Apple Group
John Catsimatidis was born on the Greek Island of Nisyros in 1948. Six months later his parents emigrated to New York City. Catsimatidis enrolled in New York University to study electrical engineering, going to school during the day and working in a small grocery store on nights and weekends to help his parents pay the bills. He eventually dropped out of school to work full time. By his 25th birthday he already had 10 Red Apple Supermarkets. Four decades later, the Red Apple Group ranked 156th by Forbes in 2015 in“America’s largest private companies” and has evolved into a diversified corporation that has holdings in the energy, aviation, retail and real estate sectors and over 8,000 employees.
He and his wife are actively involved in political contributions and campaigns on both sides of the aisle.
Catsimatidis was hosted by The Common Good in 2013: NYC Candidate Series: John Catsimatidis - July 16, 2013.