Kakha Bendukidze
  • Kakha Bendukidze

  • Date of birth: April 20, 1956
  • Died: November 13, 2014
  • Born: in Tbilisi, Georgia.

  • Description: Georgian libertarian reformer, statesman, businessman and philanthropist, founder of the Knowledge Foundation, Free and Agricultural Universities.
    He served as Georgian Minister of Economy (June–December 2004), Minister for Reform Coordination (December 2004 – January 2008) and Head of the Chancellery of Government of Georgia (February 2008 – February 2009) and was the author of liberal reforms that overhauled Georgia’s post-Soviet economy.
    The appointment of Bendukidze and his service as the Minister of Economics gave Georgia a yearly 9.3% economic growth in 2004-2007 and almost four times more foreign investments. The government managed to decrease the taxes fourfold, the number of licenses by 90% and liberalize the labour market. These liberal steps were what lead to the formation of the previously almost non-existent middle class.