Founder and Chairman of Silk Road Group
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, George Ramishvili, a son of the university professors, was 27 when he started the rail-based oil transportation business with his partners in the 1990’s. Silk Road Group was one of the first companies in the region to reopen the historical trading routes in the Caucasus and the Caspian region along the ancient Silk Road after the collapse of the Soviet Union, being incorporated with a vision of revival of the transportation and trade links that Georgia had in the region due to its geographic location.
Since 2004, as structural and tax reforms gained momentum in Georgia, his company began to expand its business to other industries, with over 600 million USD investment portfolio in the various sectors of the Georgian economy, such as transportation, telecommunication, hospitality, real estate, banking and energy.
The main and so far the biggest philanthropy project by George Ramishvili and Silk Road Group, along with the 20 years of supporting the National Ski Federation and the sponsorship of the ski team of Georgia as well as publication of the National Geographic Magazine in Georgian language, is rehabilitation and maintenance of the historical mansion of the princely Chavchavadze family in the historic wine-producing region of Kakheti. These are the same grounds where George Ramishvili initiated establishment of an international festival of classical music – the Tsinandali Festival – in collaboration with the State of Georgia and with the founders of the famous Verbier Festival.
George is married and is a father of four children