The assets of the Raptis family which originate from the Raptis Group, a company active in fishing and fish exporting around the world, reaches 172 million Australian dollars. This ranks them among the 100 wealthiest companies in Queensland and the 200 richest companies in Australia. As written in the “New World” recently, the Raptis Group and its owners George Costas and Jim Raptis are now considered the “kings of shrimp”. The Raptis Group is the largest fishing company Australia.
The ethnic Greek family run company owns 100 fishing boats, fish farms, and offices in every major port in the country. Their exports include fresh and frozen fish and shrimp to every corner of the world, i.e. Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. In Greece the Group’s seafood is found in many restaurants.
According to the list of the 100 richest businesses in Queensland published by the newspaper “The Sunday Mail”, the Raptis Group place 61st on the list. The Raptis family has no affiliation to Jim Raptis, the Honorary Consulate of Greece in Brisbane who operates in the construction sector.
The Raptis Group was founded by Arthur Raptis in the mid 1960′s. Arthur Raptis was an immigrant fisherman who went to Australia in 1957 from Euboia, Greece. His professional life began when he later worked at a fishing company in Adelaide.