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Most Notable Georgian Americans

Notable Americans of Georgian descent include:

  • General John Shalikashvili — the first foreign-born American soldier to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Born to a Georgian lieutenant-colonel, who fled to Poland and then to the U.S. following the Bolshevik invasion of Georgia. Former NATO supreme commander of Europe under Bill Clinton.
  • George Balanchine — one of 20th century's most famous choreographers, a developer of ballet in the United States and the co-founder and balletmaster of New York City Ballet. A son of a Georgian composer Meliton Balanchivadze who initially emigrated to Russia.
  • Andrew Eristoff — a Republican Party politician serving as New Jersey State Treasurer. Descended from the Georgian noble house of Sidamon-Eristavi, members of which emigrated to the U.S. following the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik invasion of Georgia.
  • Alexander Kartveli — one of the most influential aircraft designers of the 20th century.
  • Svetlana Alliluyeva-Stalin (Lana Peters) — the only daughter of Joseph Stalin who defected to the United States in the 1960s.
  • Prince Georges V. Matchabelli — an American perfumer and a former diplomat who emigrated to the U.S. following the Bolshevik invasion of Georgia.
  • Alexander Tarsaidze - an American writer and historian who authored several books on the life in Imperial Russia.
  • Alexander Toradze - a classical concert pianist, with career spanning over three decades. Defected to the United States in 1983.
  • Giorgi Latso - a classical concert pianist, composer and doctor of musical arts. Emigrated to US in 2005.

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