Photograph by Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Georgia's Prime Minister Has a Dream

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    Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili at his business center in Tbilisi. The building, next to the house where he lives with his family, overlooks the capital city. His wealth is equal to 35 percent of the country's $15.8 billion economy.


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    Photograph by Justyna Mielnikiewicz
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    Ivanishvili's coastal estate sits on 94 acres of land along the Black Sea.

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    The estate is filled with art. Here, a LOVE sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. He also has a $1 billion art collection in London for safekeeping that includes a Picasso bought for $95 million.

    Photograph by Justyna Mielnikiewicz
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    The business center has a cafeteria built into a mirrored sphere, which is suspended above an indoor swimming pool.

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    Ivanishvili feeds zebras he keeps running free on his property by the Black Sea. His estate includes a private beach, two pools, two guesthouses, and a zoo.

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    Ivanishvili with one of the parrots he keeps in his garden.

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    A big rally of the Georgian Dream coalition set up by Ivanishvili took place in Tbilisi's Freedom Square on May 27, 2012. Ivanishvili says he has spent $3 billion of his own money in Georgia, buying boots for soldiers and patrol cars for police as well as restoring museums, theaters, and churches.

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    People greet Ivanishvili by the entrance to the church at the top of the mountain where the Svan ethnic group celebrates kvirikoba, an important religious holiday.

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    A Lucian Freud painting hangs above the couch in his office in Tbilisi.

    Photograph by Justyna Mielnikiewicz