Samuel Esson Jonah, also kbnown as is one of Africa’s leading businessmen. He is currently Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital (Pty) Limited, an investment holding company in South Africa, and is former President of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. Born and educated in Ghana, in 1979 he obtained a Master’s degree in Management from Imperial College, London, following which he worked for Ashanti Goldfields. An Honorary Knighthood was conferred on him by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and in 2006 he was awarded Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star of the Volta. Mr. Jonah serves on the boards of various public and private companies, including Vodafone Group Plc and a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America. Formerly a Director of the Standard Bank Group, Lonmin and AngloAmerican Group (South Africa).
Born in Obuasi, Jonah had his high-school education at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, Ghana, then earned an Associateship in Mining Engineering at the Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall, England, and subsequently a MSc in Mine Management at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.
He joined Ashanti Goldfields Corporation in 1979, working in various capacities, including underground operations. At the age of 36 he became the chief executive officer, and supervised the transformation of Ashanti Goldfields into a mining multinational, increased gold production from 240,000 ounces per annum to over 1.6 million ounces in over ten years, and oversaw the company’s listing as the first operating African company on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 2009, he became a non-executive director of Vodafone.
Currently, the chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Jonah chairs the boards of Equator Exploration Ltd, Scharrig Mining, Equinox Minerals, Uramin, Moto Goldmines Ltd and Range Resources Ltd. He also serves or has served on various boards, including Transnet, Mittal Steel SA, Ashesi University, Standard Bank of South Africa, Lonmin, the Commonwealth African Investment Fund (Comafin), the advisory council of the UN Secretary General’s Global Compact, President Olusegun Obasanjo’s International Investment Advisory Council on Nigeria, President Thabo Mbeki’s International Investment Advisory Council of South Africa, and President John Kufuor’s Ghana Investors’ Advisory Council. As well as his directorships, Jonah is a member of the advisory board of the London Business School.
Jonah’s honours include an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree awarded jointly by the Camborne School of Mines and the University of Exeter (UK) in 1996. Jonah House, Adisadel College, his alma mater, has been named after his father, Thomas Jonah. In June 2003, Jonah became the first Ghanaian to be knighted in the 21st century when he was presented with an honorary knighthood by the Prince of Wales, in recognition of his achievements as an African businessman, a leading business executive from the Commonwealth, and an international public figure. Jonah has listed among the richest people in Ghana. On the 5th of December 2019, he was appreciated by the Ghana Mine workers union with a platinum award for his contribution to developing the mining industry in Ghana.
Samuel Esson Jonah
Obuasi (Ashanti Region)
19 November 1949
- Adisadel College, Ghana
- Camborne School of Mines
- Imperial College
Jonah Capital: an equity fund based in Johannesburg, South Africa
Theodora Rosemond Arthur, 1973