Bidzina Ivanishvili

Bidzina Ivanishvili

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Author Profession: Georgian Businessman
Born: February 18, 1956
Age: 60 years old
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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It was not my wish to come into politics. I was not a public person; I preferred to spend my birthdays with family and friends. But the 2008 elections were fraudulent, so I decided to finance the opposition to make them stronger.

Restoration of friendship with Russia, our biggest neighbor, is necessary for our peace and economy.

There are eight different breeds of peacock. I have them all.

There is a real and evident problem of democracy in Georgia, and this was the core reason of my entrance into politics. We have no rule of law. It's absolutely absent.

All the therapists would tell me was that I was the only healthy person they knew.

I may not be a politician, but I will fight to the end of my life for what I believe in.

Our policy is European and Euro-Atlantic integration. There is no substitute for NATO.

Since the whole village was poor, we didn't realize our own poverty. I was happy.

I did not like formal meetings, because they took away my freedom. I just liked to spend time with my friends, where I could be myself and did not need to don a mask.

I was writing my Ph.D. in the late 1980s and was keeping an eye on what was happening in the world. It became obvious to me that Russia couldn't live without computers. I think I worked this out a year before anyone else. I started looking for people who could help import them.

Any private security is a joke in a country where you're up against your own government.

I decided to go into politics because of our Soviet-style government.

I get no pleasure from politics; it's not in my character.

I have always lived according to my conscience, and my past is clean.

I travel as much as I can and meet people.

I would like to become the prime minister, do the job for two years, and then leave and devote myself to public work.

I've never been an oligarch. The definition of an oligarch is someone who has co-operated with the government, and I never did.

My main capital isn't the money. I respect myself; I respect my country.

My only hobby is going for walks outdoors.

America has chosen Georgia as a junior partner. The United States believes that Saakashvili is creating a democratic Georgia, but these are merely facades.

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. Agatha Christie

If only media people would stop reaching for the low-hanging fruit, which is cynicism and pessimism, and stopped trying so hard to be hip and cool and have a swagger. Emilio Estevez

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger

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