Sam Jonah

Sam Jonah

Samuel Esson Jonah is a Ghanaian businessman and the current chancellor of the University of Cape Coast. He is the executive chairman of Jonah Capital, an equity fund based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jonah was previously president of AngloGold Ashanti and shared the strategic leadership of the company with its CEO, Bobby Godsell

19 November 1949

Early life

Samuel Esson Jonah was born on November 19, 1949

04 July 1970

Early life and education

Sam Jonah, a Fante Royal, was born in Obuasi. He attended Adisadel College for his high-school education, and later obtained an Associateship in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines. He further pursued a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Mine management at the Imperial College of Science and Technology.


04 July 1979


Jonah's career spans his rise from joining Ashanti Goldfields Corporation to becoming its CEO and transforming it into a mining multinational, followed by his role as a non-executive director of Vodafone, his membership in the National Academy of Engineering, his current position as the chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, and his involvement in numerous boards and advisory councils, including those of influential figures and institutions like the UN Secretary General's Global Compact and the London Business School.

04 July 1996

Honours and recognition

WorkersJonah has received various honors and accolades, including an honorary Doctor of Science degree, the naming of Jonah House after his father, being knighted with an honorary knighthood by the Prince of Wales, being listed among the richest people in Ghana, receiving a platinum award from the Ghana Mine Workers Union for his contributions to the mining industry, and being recognized as one of the 100 most reputable Africans in the field of business.


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