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Georgi Ivanov

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Net worth 2018: $207.5 Million
Industry: Miscellaneous
Residence: Lovech
Country: Bulgarian
BirthDay: 2 July 1940
Sigh: Leo
Height: 1.61 m

Georgi Ivanov was bornon 2 July 1940 in Lovech, Bulgarian, is Cosmonaut. Retired Lieutenant General Georgi Ivanov is Bulgaria’s first astronaut. After completing his education from a military school, he entered the Bulgarian People’s Army as a military pilot and rose to various designations in the air force. His name was suggested for the International Space Intercosmos Programme, conducted by Soviet Union. Along with a Soviet commander, he was launched for the Soyuz 33 mission to dock in orbit with the Salyut 6 space station in April 1979, thereby becoming Bulgaria’s first pilot cosmonaut to orbit in space. Despite the mission’s failure due to a technical problem in the main engine, he became very popular in Bulgaria. What’s more, during the 1 day, 23 hours and 1 minute journey spent in space, his spacecraft was able to make 31 full orbits around the Earth. He received various honors and awards given by Bulgaria as well as Soviet Union. He later resumed his military service and then joined politics, where he played a major role in creating the country’s first democratic constitution. Besides, he also started a cargo airline, Air Sofia


$207.5 Million


However, it was renamed United International Airlines and relocated to Serbia in 2007 after losing its license, before its operations were ceased in 2008


In 1992, he launched Air Sofia, a Bulgarian cargo airline, along with Lilian Todorov


In 1991, he was appointed to the National Assembly of Bulgaria, a position through which he supported the establishment of the first democratic constitution in the Republic of Bulgaria


He remarried Lidia, with whom he fathered a son, Ivan, who was born in 1984


Through his space flight in 1979, he helped Bulgaria enter the privileged club of ‘astronaut nations’, thereby making it the sixth nation in the world to send cosmonauts in space


In 1978, he was selected as a member of the Soviet Union’s International Space Intercosmos Programme


He was first married to Natalya Rousanova, with whom he had a daughter, Ani, born in 1967


He completed his schooling in 1958 and later graduated from Military Air-force School, Dolna Mitropolia, in 1964, specializing as a flight engineer and class-I pilot


Georgi Ivanov was born as Georgi Kakalov on July 2, 1940, in Lovech, Bulgaria, to Ivan Ivanov Kakalov and Anastasiya Kakalova

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