The head of Papua New Guinea's largest business empire, Sir Kostas Constantinou, is now a Samoan chief.
Samoa Observer reports Constantinou received the chiefly title Tulaniu-o-Atua in a weekend ceremony led by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Tulaniu-o-Atua Kostas is the Board Chairman of Bank of South Pacific (B.S.P.) and leads the family-owned Lamana Group of companies which includes Taumeasina Island Resort.
During the ceremony, the Prime Minister commended Tulaniu-o-Atua Kostas for his contribution to the economy of Samoa and providing employment opportunities to Samoans.
Tuilaepa says with Samoa intending to host more high-level world meetings through to its 60th independence celebrations in 2022, expansion of Taumeasina Island Resort should be considered by Tulaniu-o-Atua Kostas.
The Constantinou family owns hotels in the Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Samoa.
As head of the Lamana Group, Tulaniu-o-Atua is the Honorary consul for Greece in Papua New Guinea and Trade Commissioner of the Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea.
He has pledged to continue investment and expansion in Samoa and community projects to Lepa, where the title ceremony took place over the weekend.