President of AngloGold Ashanti and the Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital Equity Fund, Sam Jonah is a responsible husband and a father. Let’s meet his family.
Ghanaian business magnate, Samuel Esson Jonah is one of the people who contribute to the GDP of the country. He has helped to reduce unemployment in Ghana and in some parts of Africa.
Dr. Jonah began his work in the early 1970s and joined Ashanti Goldfields in 1979, eventually advancing to the position of CEO. He led the firm to higher heights, making it the first African enterprise to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
In June 2003, Jonah became the first Ghanaian to be knighted in the 21st century when he was presented with an honorary knighthood (KBE) by the then Prince of Wales Prince Charles, now King Charles, in recognition of his achievements as an African businessman, a leading business executive from the Commonwealth, and an international public figure. In 2022, he explained that it should have been the late Queen Elizabeth but she was busy hosting another guest. Well, this is why there is a “Sir” to his name.
Although the business mogul is celebrated as one of the richest in the country, he once said he finds it uncomfortable when he is qualified based on his monetary worth. According to him, he was brought up in a home that upheld good moral and humanitarian values above anything else.
Dr. Sir Sam Jonah’s achievements, career, fortune, and businesses he has headed over the years have been well documented online, however, there is more about his personal and love life that is untold. Hence, TheDistin has gathered everything about his wife, children, and family – so, read on for more.
Who is Sam Jonah’s wife?
Ghanaian business mogul Sir Sam Jonah is married to Lady Giselle Jonah. His wife is a prominent woman in the Ghana business sector who loves to live a private life.
Although there are rumors about Sam Jonah having two wives, these speculations have no evidence, hence, we cannot be confirmed if Lady Giselle is his only wife or his new wife.
On Saturday, March 25th, 2017, Dr. Sir Sam Jonah and his wife Lady Giselle made a public appearance after they attended the inaugural Ghana Legacy Honors at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra which was hosted by Bábu Global. The exquisite black-tie gala was one of the most historic events in Ghana as both local and international pioneers of Ghanaian descent were honored for their achievements and contribution towards the legacy of Ghana.
Per Face2FaceAfrica, business magnate Sir Sam Jonah received the lifetime achievement award for his impact on Ghanaian business. Other honorees included the head of the anti-corruption unit at the African Development Bank Anna Bossman, tech innovator Herman Chinery-Hesse, and CEO of Airtel Ghana Lucy Quist.
In 2022, while speaking at the 2022 Graduation Ceremony of Ashesi University, he acknowledged his wife and daughter in his list of eight Ghanaian women leaders who he described as “extraordinarily talented” having worked with them in one capacity or the other.
“And there is also my own wife who is here with me today, a uniquely talented and inspiring woman who conceived and built Africa’s first 5-star Marriott Hotel from scratch; not forgetting my daughter Tamara Jonah who after school chose the entrepreneurial route and set up what has become arguably Ghana’s biggest events management company”.
“These are just a few of the women who have shown that prejudice cannot stop a person who is determined to succeed; and these are women who against all odds, have broken the glass ceiling for your generation to emulate and perhaps even surpass,” he stressed.
Who are Sam Jonah’s children?
President of AngloGold Ashanti, Sir. Sam Jonah reportedly has 5 children; 3 sons and 2 daughters. The names of Sam Jonah’s kids are Richard Jonah, Eric Jonah, Tamara Beatrice Jonah, Andrew Jonah, and Samantha Jonah.
Most of the children of the business mogul are involved in the Jonah Family businesses.
Tamara Beatrice Jonah-Goka who operates in the events design and hospitality space is the CEO and Creative Director of Lionheart Group.
A product of the University of Essex, with an MBA (Tourism and Hospitality) from the George Washington School of Business, Tamara heads one of the leading events and planning companies having planned high-profile events and weddings.
She is married to Kwame Eric Goka, the CEO of Twist Group which includes the famous Twist Night Club, and is related to Ghana’s first lady.
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Sam Jonah lost his son, Richard Jonah to what MyJoyOnline suggests to be a cause of cardiac arrest. Per the source, Richard was on a business trip in London but died suddenly in his hotel room.
His death followed a few days after the unexpected demise of another rising star of Ghana, Komla Dumor who died in London on January 18.
Per Daily Graphic, Richard Jonah was an entrepreneur with over ten years of professional experience, primarily in private equity and investment management in Africa.
He was reportedly the co-founder and the executive director of Jonah Capital with mining interests in some Southern African countries like DR Congo.
Richard Jonah, the report added, also founded Mobus Property Holdings Limited, a privately-held Ghanaian property investment, development, and management company focused on commercial and residential property development.
Sam Jonah’s son, Andrew Jonah has a criminal record and was allegedly involved in drug trafficking. Andrew together with 8 others were to pay the US court an amount of $1.3 million for violation of the US drug law.
Apart from the 20-year prison sentence imposed on Andrew Jonah, he was also said to lose several properties both in Ghana and abroad including houses and cars.
Samantha Jonah is currently married to Joseph Aidoo Jnr., the CEO of Devtraco Plus Ltd., a real estate development firm in Ghana, A-List management, and Brasa Grill Restaurant.
As for Eric Jonah, there is no information about him at the moment.