List of Famous people born in Georgia
Elena Marié Satine is a Georgian-American actress and singer. On television, she has been featured as a series regular on Magic City (2012–2013) and Revenge (2014–2015). She has also made appearances on superhero-themed series, portraying Mera on Smallville (2010), Lorelei on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014), and Sonya Simonson / Dreamer on The Gifted (2017).
Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky was a Russian and Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor.
Mikheil Saakashvili is a Georgian and Ukrainian politician and jurist. He was the third President of Georgia for two consecutive terms from 25 January 2004 to 17 November 2013. From May 2015 until November 2016, Saakashvili was the Governor of Ukraine's Odessa Oblast. He is the founder and former chairman of the United National Movement party. Saakashvili heads Ukraine's National Reform Council since 7 May 2020.
Nikoloz Basilashvili is a Georgian professional tennis player. In July 2018, he made it into the main draw of the German Open in Hamburg as a qualifier and went on to win the tournament, defeating Leonardo Mayer in the final, thereby becoming the first Georgian player since Alex Metreveli to win an ATP tournament. In October 2018, Basilashvili won his second ATP title at the China Open by defeating world No. 4 Juan Martín del Potro in the final. In 2019, Basilashvili completed his first title defense by winning the German Open for a second successive year. He achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 16 on 27 May 2019.
Merab Dvalishvili is a Georgian professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the UFC's bantamweight division. As of October 26, 2020, he is #12 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.
Nona Gaprindashvili is a Georgian chess player, and the first woman to be awarded the FIDE title Grandmaster, which occurred in 1978. She was the fifth women's world chess champion (1962–1978).
Zaza Pachulia is a Georgian professional basketball executive and former player who is a basketball operations consultant for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won two NBA championships with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018. He has played for the Georgia national team, captaining them in multiple tournaments.
Valeriy Shotayevich Meladze is a Russian singer of Georgian descent and a Meritorious Artist of Russia. He is the brother of composer and producer Konstantin Meladze, who writes songs for him.
Konstantin Shotayevich Meladze is a Ukrainian-Russian composer and producer of Georgian descent. He is the older brother of singer Valery Meladze and co-founder and co-producer of the Ukrainian girl group Nu Virgos.
Ketevan "Katie" Melua is a Georgian-British singer and songwriter. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of eight – first to Belfast, and then to London in 1999. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she became the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist.
Vakhtang "Buba" Kikabidze is a Georgian singer, actor, screenwriter, producer, composer and politician. He became famous as a lead singer of Orera, a Georgian estrada group that was registered as the first Vocal-Instrumental Ensemble in the Soviet Union in 1958. He performed in a number of films, among them the main role of a helicopter pilot in the iconic Soviet film Mimino.
Yakov Iosifovich Dzhugashvili was the eldest of Joseph Stalin's three children, the son of Stalin's first wife, Kato Svanidze, who died 9 months after his birth. His father, then a young revolutionary in his mid-20s, left the child to be raised by his late wife's family. In 1921, when Dzhugashvili had reached the age of fourteen, he was brought to Moscow, where his father had become a leading figure in the Bolshevik government who eventually became head of the Soviet Union. Disregarded by Stalin, Dzhugashvili was a shy, quiet child who appeared quite unhappy and tried to commit suicide several times as a youth. Married twice, Dzhugashvili had three children, two of whom reached adulthood.
Ketevan "Keti" Topuria, also sometimes known as Keta Topuria, is a Georgian singer and the current lead vocalist for the Kazakh group A-Studio. She currently lives in Russia.
Nikolay Maximovich Tsiskaridze PAR is a Georgian-Russian ballet dancer who had been a member of the Bolshoi Ballet for 21 years (1992–2013).
Georgiy Nikolayevich Daneliya Georgian: გიორგი ნიკოლოზის ძე დანელია, also known as Giya Daneliya, was a Soviet and Georgian film director and screenwriter. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1989.
Tina Kandelaki is a Georgian-born Russian journalist, public figure, TV presenter and producer and a co-owner of the Apostol company.
Otar Shalvovich Kushanashvili is a Georgian and Russian music journalist and broadcaster who describes himself as "anti-publicist". He is known for his provocative and outrageous antics.
Ioseb Raminovich "Soso" Pavliashvili is a Russian singer of ethnic Georgian descent.
Tamara Mikhailovna Gverdtsiteli is a Georgian singer, actress and composer, People's Artist of Ingushetia, Georgia and Russia.
Kakhaber "Kakha" Kaladze is a Georgian politician and retired footballer. He has served as a Mayor of Tbilisi since November 2017. A versatile player, he was capable of playing both as a centre-back and as a left-back, or even as a wide midfielder. He played for the Georgia national team from 1996 to 2011. He was voted Georgian Footballer of the Year in 2001–2003, 2006 and 2011 and was considered as one of Georgia's most important players.