At the age of 20 years, Samuel Esson Jonah could not imagine the impressive career path for which he was intended. Laborer in a gold mine in Ghana, he won a scholarship to continue his studies in England. Samuel E. Jonas is one of the most influential businessmen of Africa today. This big connoisseur of mines sectors partially owes his success to his higher education in Imperial College of science and Technology (London).
Sam Jonah’s career began in 1969 in the gold mine of Obuasi. At the age of 31 years, he occupied the post of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ashanti, the biggest mining company of Ghana. He participated in the growth of the company which became in 1996 the first African exploitation company to be quoted on New York Stock Exchange. The company merged with the South African giant AngloGold Ltd (the second bigger gold producer of the world) in May 2004 and Jonah henceforth, occupied the post of executive director before creating Jonah Capital Limited, an investment company based in South Africa.
Samuel Jonah’s leadership was worth to him several distinctions. In 1994, Camborne School of Mines and University of Exeter (United Kingdom) jointly awarded him an honorary doctorate in sciences. His exceptional career path was rewarded in 2005 by Ashesi University College that also awarded him on an honorary basis, a doctorate in human science.
In 2003, Samuel Jonah had the privilege to be honored by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain. He was decorated commander of the civil appeal division of a superior court of most of Orders of the British Empire (KBE). Ghana, his native country decorated him “Companion of the Order of the star”.
Classified among 25 more influential businessmen of the world in 2004 by CNN and Time Magazine, Jonah received several prizes of which that of Commonwealth Business Council and the African Business Magazine in 2010. He was also rewarded for his exceptional contribution to private sector development in Africa.
In January 2013, he was put at the head of the American new bank, Global Advisory Council.
Original text by: Roger ADZAFO