George Ghica

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Gheorghe Ghica
Prince of Moldavia
Prince of Wallachia
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Gheorghe Ghica
Reignc. 1658 - c. 1660
PredecessorGheorghe Stefan
SuccessorConstantin Serban
BornMarch 3, 1600
Köprülü, Rumelia Eyalet, Ottoman Empire
DiedNovember 2, 1664
SpouseSmaragda (Smada) Lâna
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FatherMatei Ghica
ReligionOrthodox Christian

George Ghica (Albanian: Gjergj Gjika, Romanian: Gheorghe Ghika) (3 March 1600 – 2 November 1664) founder of the Ghica family, was Prince of Moldavia in 1658–1659 and Prince of Wallachia in 1659–1660.

George Ghica was born in Köprülü, present day Veles, to Albanian[1][2] parents. At a young age, Ghica was involded in trading and dealings with merchandise. George, along with his father expanded their business and moved to Moldavia. Accumulating a substantial amount of wealth, George became a nobleman and was sent to the Sublime Porte as an ambassador. He was in favour with Vasile Lupu in Moldavia and while in Istanbul, he became close friends with the Grand Vizier Köprülü Mehmed Pasha and helped him on to high positions.[3] As Prince of Wallachia he moved the capital from Târgoviște to Bucharest.[3]

From him are descended the numerous branches of the family which became conspicuous in the history of Moldavia and Wallachia. His son was


  1. ^ Spânu, Vlad (2004). Historical Dictionary of Moldova. 4501 forbes blvd lanham md 20706: Scarecrow Press, INC. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-8108-5607-3. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. ^ Richardson, Charles Francis (1898). The International Cyclopedia: A Compendium of Human Knowledge, Rev. with Large Additions, Volume 6. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b Wikisource Gaster, Moses (1911). "Ghica". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 11 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 921.
Preceded by
Gheorghe Stefan
Prince/Voivode of Moldavia
Succeeded by
Constantin Serban
Preceded by
Mihnea III
Prince of Wallachia
Succeeded by
Grigore I Ghica