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.
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR
Lavrentiy BeriaLavrentiy Beria
29 March 1899
Politician

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
18 March 1907
Joseph Stalin's Son

Elena SatineElena Satine
24 November 1987
Actress

Johnny IsaksonJohnny Isakson
28 December 1944
Senator

Nona GaprindashviliNona Gaprindashvili
03 May 1941
Chess player
Khatia BuniatishviliKhatia Buniatishvili
21 June 1987
Pianist

Katie MeluaKatie Melua
16 September 1984
British-Georgian singer-songwriter

Sergo OrdzhonikidzeSergo Ordzhonikidze
24 October 1886
Politician
Arn AndersonArn Anderson
20 September 1958
Wrestler

Sopiko GuramishviliSopiko Guramishvili
01 January 1991
Chess player
Sam NunnSam Nunn
08 September 1938
Politician

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

Aram KhachaturianAram Khachaturian
06 June 1903
Composer

Mikheil SaakashviliMikheil Saakashvili
21 December 1967
President

Tamar of GeorgiaTamar of Georgia
1160 AD
Queen
Sergei WitteSergei Witte
17 June 1849
politician

Nodar KumaritashviliNodar Kumaritashvili
25 November 1988
Luger

Kakha KaladzeKakha Kaladze
22 February 1978
Politician, Footballer

Sergey Yosifovich ParadzhanovSergey Yosifovich Paradzhanov
09 January 1924
Film Director
Stand WatieStand Watie
12 December 1806
General

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

Boris AkuninBoris Akunin
20 May 1956
Writer, Translator, Historian, Science fiction

Zviad GamsakhurdiaZviad Gamsakhurdia
31 March 1939
President
Nino BatsiashviliNino Batsiashvili
01 January 1987
Chess player

Tamara ToumanovaTamara Toumanova
02 March 1919
Dancer
Ketevan Arakhamia-GrantKetevan Arakhamia-Grant
19 July 1968
Chess player

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

Rouben MamoulianRouben Mamoulian
08 October 1897
Film director
Itzhak IlanItzhak Ilan
28 July 1956
Military officer

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Niko PirosmanashviliNiko Pirosmanashvili
05 May 1862
Painter
Nazi PaikidzeNazi Paikidze
27 October 1993
Chess player

Nana DzagnidzeNana Dzagnidze
01 January 1987
Chess player

Nana AlexandriaNana Alexandria
13 October 1949
Chess player

Nino BurjanadzeNino Burjanadze
16 July 1964
President
Roy MedvedevRoy Medvedev
14 November 1925
Political Writer
Sandra RoelofsSandra Roelofs
23 December 1968
Diplomat

Nikolay ChkheidzeNikolay Chkheidze
21 March 1864
Politician

Zurab ZhvaniaZurab Zhvania
09 December 1963
Politician

Nino MaisuradzeNino Maisuradze
13 June 1982
Chess player
Sergei BagapshSergei Bagapsh
04 March 1949
Politician

Vladimir Nemirovich-DanchenkoVladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko
23 December 1858
Theatre Director

Vladislav ArdzinbaVladislav Ardzinba
14 May 1945
Politician

Eduard KokoityEduard Kokoity
31 October 1964
Former President of South Ossetia

David III of TaoDavid III of Tao
0930 AD
Prince
Viktor SaneyevViktor Saneyev
03 October 1945
Athlete

Khatuna LorigKhatuna Lorig
01 January 1974
Archer
Anthim the IberianAnthim the Iberian
1650 AD
Theologian

Samvel GasparovSamvel Gasparov
07 June 1938
Director

Bagrat ShinkubaBagrat Shinkuba
12 May 1917
Writer
Dmitrii GuliaDmitrii Gulia
09 February 1874
Writer

Euthymius the AthoniteEuthymius the Athonite
0955 AD
Monk
Ronald CooperRonald Cooper
26 May 1958
Racing driver

Genrieta LagvilavaGenrieta Lagvilava
03 July 1969
Chess player