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Who is Vicky Karayiannis?
Vicky Karayiannis, born on the 13th of August 1987, is an American publicist and philanthropist, who became better known as the wife of the late rock singer Chris Cornell. Her life became highly publicised when her husband committed suicide in 2017.
Vicky Karayiannis’ Early Life
Not much is known about Karayiannis’s personal life, except that she is of Greek ancestry; her mother is Toni Karayiannis and she also has a brother named Nicholas Karayiannis. They all follow the Greek Orthodox religion.
Vicky Karayiannis’ Career
Karayiannis is also a known philanthropist. In 2012, she and her husband Cornell created the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, an organization which helps raise awareness of and support to children who are experiencing homelessness, abuse, poverty, and/or neglect.
We are experiencing the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime – more people than ever are fleeing their homes as a result of conflict and crisis. Today, on #WorldRefugeeDay, I’m joining @theIRC in standing w/ the world’s most vulnerable. Join us. https://t.co/iDPanEXFAE pic.twitter.com/285bE3VsvK
— Vicky Cornell (@vickycornell) June 20, 2018
Vicky Karayiannis’ Body Measurement
In terms of her body measurement, Karayiannis has a height of 5ft 5ins or 1.65 meters.
Vicky Karayiannis’ Net Worth
As of 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Karayiannis’ net worth is reported to be over $1 million, acquired from her years working as a publicist, as well as working with her husband Chris, and subsequently from his will.
Vicky Karayiannis’ Personal Life
In terms of her personal life, Karayiannis was married to singer, songwriter and rock icon Chris Cornell. The two met in Paris during one of Cornell’s tour with his band Audioslave. Things moved quickly between the two, and in 2003, Cornell proposed at a bar in Paris. One year later, they decided to tie the knot, and had an intimate wedding in Paris. They have two children: daughter Toni Cornell and son Christopher Nicholas Cornell.
Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle on the 20th of July 1964. He was the lead vocalist of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, who came into the music industry in 1984, and immediately made a name for himself for his unique style, and incredible nearly four-octave vocal range. He is considered one of the pioneers and lead voices of the 1990’s grunge movement.
He was able to release four solo albums and one live album, as well as other albums with his bands. He is best known for his songs “Black Hole Sun”, “Hunger Strike”, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, “Say Hello 2 Heaven” and “Fell on Black Days” among many others. Unfortunately along with his fame, he also suffered depression, and became addicted to various kinds of drugs and other vices.
Before Cornell met Karayiannis, he was previously married to Susan Silver, who was also the former manager of Cornell’s band. The two got married in 1990 and had one daughter, Lillian Jean, before their marriage ended in 2003.
In 2017, Cornell was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit after performing a show with his band Soundgarden. His death was ruled suicide by hanging, using an exercise band.
Vicky Karayiannis Bad Publicity
Despite maintaining a private life, Karayiannis has encountered some bad publicity. In 2006, her cleaning lady named Elia Mora filed a legal complaint after claiming that she was forced to work 43 hours a week, and was not paid any overtime fees. She was also denied any breaks while working. It has not been reported clearly whether the matter has been resolved.