The Nicosia-born businessman, Monaco-based resident and sole owner of the Yianis Group of Companies has given an impressive interview for the renowned publication, during which he explained his path towards success, as well as his entrepreneurial vision and business ethics.
The five-page article projects his ability for calculated risks, a virtue in his political decision making and his undying love for his country of origin, Cyprus, which he spends a lot of his time, resources, and energy in supporting through his business endeavors, as well as his charity work via the Yianis Christodoulou Foundation.
Highlighting some important points from the interview that reveal the personality of Mr John Christodoulou, as well as his business ethics, can be summed up into the fact that Mr Christodoulou never fired anyone over the Covid-19 health crisis. “The toughest part as a human being is that you have to say, ‘I have had it good for a lot of years, so let’s not panic and cut them all down,’” he proudly stated. Mr Christodoulou has also supported, through his Charity, vulnerable groups of people in the Cypriot Community of the UK with the home delivery of food parcels, and in Thailand with the provision of food packages to families. Further to this, as a gesture of appreciation and acknowledgement for their hard work, on Labour Day ‘Thank you snack parcels’ have been delivered to all 9 public hospitals in Cyprus to more than 6.000 doctors, nurses and other health workers.
He worked hard for everything that he has but he appreciates and never forgets his heritage. Leaving Cyprus because of the Turkish invasion in 1974, he emphatically declares: “I know what is like to leave your home and have nothing else. What made me the man I am today is going through the experience of a war and being insecure.”
His love for Cyprus is an important factor that drives his willingness to do everything in his power to contribute to the country’s development in all means possible. At the beginning of September, Mr Christodoulou headed back to Cyprus to look for options to buy land for a massive 1.9 million-square-meter self-sustainable project. “It will involve schools, hospitals,businesses and any startup will be able to come and use the facilities, only having to pay back if they are successful,” he explains.