It all started when...

Alex Krassas was born in the village of Glossa on the island of Skopelos in 1912. He attended school through the sixth grade and left his formal education to labor in the fields with his father. A hard worker, he branched off from the family farm to run as small business of his own, and ultimately owed and operated a successful restaurant in the port area of Glossa. He immigrated to the United States in December 1939 to join his brother, who ran a small grocery store in Pensacola, Florida. There, he worked from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year. His pay: a dollar a day.

After serving in the Air Force and marriage, he started a meat business, expanding to to a grocery, from which he later retired to achieve financial success in the stock market.