Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, George Ramishvili, a son of university professors, was 27 when he started a rail-based oil transportation business with his partners in the 1990s.
Silk Road Group was one of the first companies in the region to reopen the historic trading routes in the Caucasus and the Caspian region along the ancient Silk Road after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The company gradually expanded its business interests to multiple sectors of the Georgian economy, including telecommunications, hospitality, real estate, banking and energy.
George and Silk Road Group have supported the National Ski Federation and the Georgian ski team for over 20 years, alongside funding the publication of National Geographic magazine in the Georgian language.
Amongst the most significant philanthropic projects are the rehabilitation and maintenance of the historic mansion of the princely Chavchavadze family in the wine-producing region of Kakheti. These are the same grounds where George Ramishvili established 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.