George D. Behrakis

Our Benefactor


George D. Behrakis is a Greek-American scientist and philanthropist. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry where he established a distinguished career as a researcher, entrepreneur and businessman developing drugs of major pharmaceutical importance such as Tylenol and founding several pharmaceutical companies.




After retiring from the pharmaceutical business, George D. Behrakis has been devoted to Philanthropy, contributing to many organizations and establishments in the fields of Art, Education, Healthcare, promoting Hellenism and supporting the Greek Orthodox Faith.


In 1996, George Behrakis together with his wife Margo Behrakis, established the Behrakis Foundation, a private family foundation in Massachusetts.

The Behrakis Foundation


Some of the major initiatives of the Foundation include:


Behrakis Health Sciences Center, Northeastern University


In 2000, construction of a new Health Sciences Center was donated by the Behrakis Foundation to Northeastern University. The 84,000 square foot modern seven-story complex, completed in 2003, is still one of the most advanced health sciences centers in the country.


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


In 2009, Behrakis and his wife made a major donation to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) to add new exhibits of Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that introduced a new face of culture to the MFA.


Leadership 100


Behrakis has for many years been a member of Leadership 100, an organization that helps raise money for the Hellenic Society. Two of his children, Drake and Stephanie, along with their spouses are also members. Behrakis has made a huge difference in the Leadership program by donating money and serving as president and chairman for many years.


Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Allergy research


  • Fellowships in Asthma and Allergy and Research Grants, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Sponsorships in Cardiovascular Research for Greek scientists, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • The Behrakis Hellenic Fellowship in Respiratory Allergy, Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center.


Endowed University Chairs and Lecture Series


  • George D. Behrakis Chair in Targeted Pharmaceuticals, Northeastern University
  • The Behrakis Family Endowed Lecture Series, Fletcher School of Diplomacy and Law, Tufts University



  • The American School of Classical Studies in Athens
  • Greek Orthodox Church of America
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra


Tobacco Control in Greece


George Behrakis and his wife are part of many other organizations such as the National Hellenic Society and the Alpha Omega Greek program. George was on the board of Trustees at Tufts, Northeastern, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell. In May 2012, Behrakis received an honorary degree from the Hellenic College in Boston, and in June was given another at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In September 2014, he was presented with the Greek Heritage Award by The American College of Greece, recognizing his contribution to promoting Hellenism.