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.
Elle FanningElle Fanning
(Actress)

09 April 1998

Lavrentiy BeriaLavrentiy Beria
(Politician)

29 March 1899

Katie MeluaKatie Melua
(British-Georgian singer-songwriter)

16 September 1984

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
(Military personnel)

18 March 1907

Mikheil SaakashviliMikheil Saakashvili
(President)

21 December 1967

Aram KhachaturianAram Khachaturian
(Composer)

06 June 1903

Tamar of GeorgiaTamar of Georgia
(Queen)

1160 AD

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Chess player, Writer, Journalist)

17 June 1929

Kakha KaladzeKakha Kaladze
(Politician, Footballer)

22 February 1978

Sergei WitteSergei Witte
(politician)

17 June 1849

Aleksei BrusilovAleksei Brusilov
(officer, memoirist)

31 August 1853

Maximus the ConfessorMaximus the Confessor
(Theologian)

0580 AD

David IV of GeorgiaDavid IV of Georgia
(King)

1073 AD

Boris AkuninBoris Akunin
(Writer, Translator, Historian, Science fiction writer, Children's writer)

20 May 1956

Nodar KumaritashviliNodar Kumaritashvili
(Luger)

25 November 1988

Zviad GamsakhurdiaZviad Gamsakhurdia
(President)

31 March 1939

Shota RustaveliShota Rustaveli
(Poet, thinker, statesman, prince, treasurer)

1172 AD

Nino BurjanadzeNino Burjanadze
(President)

16 July 1964

Sandra RoelofsSandra Roelofs
(Diplomat)

23 December 1968

Sergei BagapshSergei Bagapsh
(President)

04 March 1949

Eduard KokoityEduard Kokoity
(Former President of South Ossetia)

31 October 1964

Vladislav ArdzinbaVladislav Ardzinba
(President)

14 May 1945

Grigoriy OrdzhonikidzeGrigoriy Ordzhonikidze

24 October 1886

Viktor HambardzumyanViktor Hambardzumyan
(Scientist)

18 September 1908

Niko PirosmanashviliNiko Pirosmanashvili
(Painter)

05 May 1862