Georgia is a country with a rich cultural history and Georgians over the past several centuries have made major contributions to the world in different fields. King David IV and Queen Tamar are among the most significant historical figures in Georgia as the Kingdom of Georgia saw its Golden Age during their reign. In the ensuing centuries, the kingdom saw numerous major political conquests before finally becoming a unitary semi-presidential republic. Social revolutionary and journalist Noe Zhordania created history by becoming the 1st President of Democratic Republic of Georgia. Besides having a vibrant political history, the nation is also famous for having produced famous religious and academic figures like Grigol Peradze, Elie Melia, Ilia II, Grigol Tsereteli, and Mikheil Tsereteli. Talking of its cultural figures, famous Georgian artist Iago Dekanozishvili is renowned worldwide for reviving the prized art form Georgian cloisonne enamelwork. Musically rich and diverse, the country has been home to revered composers like Bidzina Kvernadze, Zurab Nadarejshvili, and Zakaria Paliashvili who have enriched the world of music with their rare talent. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous Georgians hailing from diverse fields and occupations.
Lavrentiy BeriaLavrentiy Beria
29 March 1899
Politician
Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son

Elena SatineElena Satine
24 November 1987
Actress

Giga ChikadzeGiga Chikadze
25 August 1988
Mixed martial artist

Arn AndersonArn Anderson
20 September 1958
Wrestler

Nikoloz BasilashviliNikoloz Basilashvili
23 February 1992
Tennis player
Lasha TalakhadzeLasha Talakhadze
02 October 1993
Weightlifter

Merab DvalishviliMerab Dvalishvili
10 January 1991
Mixed martial artist

Zaza PachuliaZaza Pachulia
10 February 1984
Basketball player
Katie MeluaKatie Melua
16 September 1984
British-Georgian singer-songwriter

Merab NinidzeMerab Ninidze
03 November 1965
Actor
Khatia BuniatishviliKhatia Buniatishvili
21 June 1987
Pianist

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
17 June 1929
Chess player, Writer, Journalist

Mikheil SaakashviliMikheil Saakashvili
21 December 1967
President

Aram KhachaturianAram Khachaturian
06 June 1903
Composer

Sopiko GuramishviliSopiko Guramishvili
01 January 1991
Chess player
Goga BitadzeGoga Bitadze
20 July 1999
Basketball player

Tamar of GeorgiaTamar of Georgia
1160 AD
Queen

Johnny IsaksonJohnny Isakson
28 December 1944
Senator

Bera IvanishviliBera Ivanishvili
23 December 1994
Singer
Sergei WitteSergei Witte
17 June 1849
politician

Kakha KaladzeKakha Kaladze
22 February 1978
Politician, Footballer
Nodar KumaritashviliNodar Kumaritashvili
25 November 1988
Athlete

Salome ZourabichviliSalome Zourabichvili
18 March 1952
President

Sam NunnSam Nunn
08 September 1938
Politician
Sergey Yosifovich ParadzhanovSergey Yosifovich Paradzhanov
09 January 1924
Film Director

Stand WatieStand Watie
12 December 1806
General
Liana JojuaLiana Jojua
22 March 1995
Mixed martial artist

Nona GaprindashviliNona Gaprindashvili
03 May 1941
Chess player

Maximus the ConfessorMaximus the Confessor
0580 AD
Monk
David IV of GeorgiaDavid IV of Georgia
1073 AD
King

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Giorgi BezhanishviliGiorgi Bezhanishvili
16 November 1998
Basketball player
TamtaTamta
10 January 1981
Singer

Sergo OrdzhonikidzeSergo Ordzhonikidze
24 October 1886
Politician

Zviad GamsakhurdiaZviad Gamsakhurdia
31 March 1939
President

Boris AkuninBoris Akunin
20 May 1956
Writer, Translator, Historian, Science fiction
Tornike ShengeliaTornike Shengelia
05 October 1991
Basketball player
Shammond WilliamsShammond Williams
05 April 1975
Basketball player

Sandro MamukelashviliSandro Mamukelashvili
23 May 1999
Basketball player

Geno PetriashviliGeno Petriashvili
01 April 1994
Wrestler

Avtandil KhurtsidzeAvtandil Khurtsidze
02 May 1979
Boxer
Nikolay TsiskaridzeNikolay Tsiskaridze
31 December 1973
Ballet dancer

Taurean GreenTaurean Green
28 November 1986
Basketball player

Niko PirosmanashviliNiko Pirosmanashvili
05 May 1862
Painter

Shota RustaveliShota Rustaveli
1172 AD
Poet, thinker, statesman, prince, treasurer

Nikoloz TskitishviliNikoloz Tskitishvili
14 April 1983
Basketball player
Tamara ToumanovaTamara Toumanova
02 March 1919
Dancer

Rouben MamoulianRouben Mamoulian
08 October 1897
Film director
Petre MshvenieradzePetre Mshvenieradze
24 March 1929
Water polo player

Sophie ShevardnadzeSophie Shevardnadze
23 September 1978
Journalist

Tinatin DalakishviliTinatin Dalakishvili
02 February 1991
Actress
Gülüstü HanımGülüstü Hanım
1831 AD
Abdulmejid I's wife

George FinnGeorge Finn
21 January 1990
Actor
Ilia ChavchavadzeIlia Chavchavadze
08 November 1837
Journalist

Tamara GverdtsiteliTamara Gverdtsiteli
18 January 1962
Singer

Jacob PullenJacob Pullen
10 November 1989
Basketball player

Allison ReedAllison Reed
08 June 1994
Ice dancer

Giorgi ShermadiniGiorgi Shermadini
02 April 1989
Basketball player
Will ThomasWill Thomas
01 July 1986
Basketball player

Kakhi KakhiashviliKakhi Kakhiashvili
13 July 1969
Weightlifter

Georgiy GongadzeGeorgiy Gongadze
21 May 1969
Journalist

Keti TopuriaKeti Topuria
09 September 1986
Singer
Nino BurjanadzeNino Burjanadze
16 July 1964
Politician

Morisi KvitelashviliMorisi Kvitelashvili
17 March 1995
Figure skater
Giorgi AsanidzeGiorgi Asanidze
30 August 1975
Weightlifter

Roy MedvedevRoy Medvedev
14 November 1925
Political Writer

Vladimer KhinchegashviliVladimer Khinchegashvili
18 April 1991
Amateur wrestler
Sandra RoelofsSandra Roelofs
23 December 1968
Diplomat

Davit KiriaDavit Kiria
09 February 1988
Kickboxer
Rusudan of GeorgiaRusudan of Georgia
1194 AD
Queen

Sofiko ChiaureliSofiko Chiaureli
21 May 1937
Actress

Nazi PaikidzeNazi Paikidze
27 October 1993
Chess player
Nikolay ChkheidzeNikolay Chkheidze
21 March 1864
Politician

Vakhtang KikabidzeVakhtang Kikabidze
19 July 1938
Singer
Anita RachvelishviliAnita Rachvelishvili
28 June 1984
Singer

Nino HaratischwiliNino Haratischwili
08 June 1983
Playwright

Levan GabriadzeLevan Gabriadze
16 November 1969
Actor

Davit ChakvetadzeDavit Chakvetadze
18 October 1992
Wrestler
Vazha-PshavelaVazha-Pshavela
26 July 1861
Poet
Sergei BagapshSergei Bagapsh
04 March 1949
Politician

Alex MetreveliAlex Metreveli
02 November 1944
Tennis player

Michael DixonMichael Dixon
01 December 1990
Basketball player

Gabriel UrgebadzeGabriel Urgebadze
26 August 1929
Monk
Vladislav ArdzinbaVladislav Ardzinba
14 May 1945
Politician

Jake TsakalidisJake Tsakalidis
10 June 1979
Basketball player

Ana Bagration-GruzinskyAna Bagration-Gruzinsky
01 November 1976
Royal princess

Nina SublattiNina Sublatti
31 January 1995
Singer

Alina UrushadzeAlina Urushadze
07 January 2004
Figure skater
Donatella FlickDonatella Flick
Philanthropist

Thad McFaddenThad McFadden
29 May 1987
Basketball player
Nana DzagnidzeNana Dzagnidze
01 January 1987
Chess player

Vladimir Nemirovich-DanchenkoVladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko
23 December 1858
Theatre Director
Nino BatsiashviliNino Batsiashvili
01 January 1987
Chess player
Nina AnaniashviliNina Ananiashvili
19 March 1963
Ballet dancer