Enigmatic oligarch

Bidzina Ivanishvili has emerged from the shadows in Georgian politics.

Two new and very different palaces overlook the valley that runs through Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. One is the residence of President Mikheil Saakashvili, a monumental pile modelled on Berlin’s Reichstag. The other, home to Georgia’s wealthiest man, Bidzina Ivanishvili, is a sleek futuristic building designed by a Japanese architect.

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