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George Syrimis (c. 1922 – January 5, 2010) was a Cyrpiot accountant who served as the Finance Minister of Cyprus from 1988 until 1993.[1] Syrimis was also the founder of the accounting firm, G. Syrimis & Co., which eventually evolved into KPMG Cyprus.[1]

Syrimis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus.[1] However, his family was originally from Agros, Cyprus, a village in the island's southern Pitsilia region.[1] Syrimis studied accounting in England, where he became a certified accountant.[1]

He returned to his native Cyrpus from the United Kingdom in 1948.[1] Syrimis founded his own accounting firm, G. Syrimis & Co. His firm later became part of Peat Marwick, which, in turn, was merged to become KPMG International in 1987.[1] In 1961, Syrimis became a founding member of the Association of Certified Public Accounts of Cyprus (ICPAC), later serving as chair of the professional organization.[1]

Prime Minister of Cyprus George Vassiliou appointed Syrimis as the country's Finance Minister in 1988.[1] He continued to serve as finance minister within the Vassiliou government until 1993.[1]

Syrismis was heavily involved in Cyriot charities and philanthropic organizations.[1] An art collector, he sold his pieces to benefit local organizations, including the Cypriot National Guard.[1] He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Nicosia, the oldest rotary club in Cyprus.[1]

Syrimis died on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at the age of 88.[1] He was survived by four children – Olympia Stylianou, the director general of the Cypriot Ministry of Education; Nicos Syrimis, the chairman of the Association of Certified Public Accounts of Cyprus since June 2009; Michalis Syrimis and Marios Syrimis.[1]

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