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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Net Worth 2021



Ellen Johnson Sirleaf net worth

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Net Worth$27 million
Source of wealthPolitician
Date of birth29 October 1938

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Net Worth

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf net worth: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician who has a net worth of $27 million. She  served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. She is among the richest people in Liberia


Ellen Eugenia Johnson was born in Monrovia to a Gola father and Kru-German mother. She was educated at the College of West Africa. She completed her education in the United States, where she studied at Madison Business College and Harvard University.

She returned to Liberia to work in William Tolbert’s government as Deputy Minister of Finance from 1971 to 1974. Later she worked again in the West, for the World Bank in the Caribbean and Latin America. In 1979, she received a cabinet appointment as Minister of Finance, serving to 1980.

After Samuel Doe seized power that year in a coup d’état and executed Tolbert, Sirleaf fled to the United States. She worked for Citibank and then the Equator Bank. She returned to Liberia to contest a senatorial seat for Montserrado County in 1985, an election that was disputed.

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Sirleaf continued to be involved in politics. She finished in second place at the 1997 presidential election, which was won by Charles Taylor.

Sirleaf won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. She was re-elected in 2011. She was the first woman in Africa elected as president of her country. Ellen won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, in recognition of her efforts to bring women into the peacekeeping process. She has received numerous other awards for her leadership.

In June 2016, Sirleaf was elected as the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States, making her the first woman to hold the position since it was created.


Forbes magazine named Sirleaf as the 51st most powerful woman in the world in 2006. In 2010, Newsweek listed her as one of the ten best leaders in the world, while Time counted her among the top ten female leaders. That same year, The Economist called her “arguably the best president the country has ever had.”

Life after politics

In 2018 Johnson Sirleaf founded the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development, which aims “to be a catalyst for change across Africa, by helping unleash its most abundant untapped power – its women”.

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 In 2019, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom appointed Johnson Sirleaf as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the health workforce. 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, she stepped down from this post to serve as co-chair (alongside Helen Clark) of the WHO’s Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR). Also in 2020, she was appointed to the Development Advisory Council of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.


In 1956, Ellen Johnson married James Sirleaf. They had four sons together before their divorce. She grew up as a Presbyterian, but later joined her husband’s Methodist faith. Through her sons she has ten grandchildren.


In 2011, Sirleaf was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen. The three women were recognized “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Sirleaf was conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on 12 September 2013. In 2016, she was listed as the 83rd-most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

Other awards and honors include;

  • Recipient of the 1988 Roosevelt Institute Freedom of Speech Award
  • Ralph Bunche International Leadership Award
  • Grand commander Star of Africa Redemption of Liberia
  • 1996 Commander of the Order of Mono
  • 2006 Common Ground Award recipient, Search for Common Ground
  • 2006 Laureate of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, The Hunger Project
  • 2006 Distinguished Fellow, Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, Emory University
  • 2006 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws from Marquette University
  • 2006 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award from Synergos
  • 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States, awarded to Sirleaf by U.S. President George W. Bush on 5 November 2007
  • 2008 Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement
  • 2008 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Indiana University, Dartmouth College; and Brown University.
  • 2009 Awarded the EITI Award for “the rapid progress the country has made towards implementation of the EITI”
  • 2009 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Tampa
  • 2010 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Yale University and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • 2010 Friend of the Media in Africa Award from The African Editor’s Union
  • 2011 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University
  • 2011 African Gender Award
  • 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2012 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
  • As of 2014, she is listed as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
  • In 2017, she was awarded a title in the Nigerian chieftaincy system by Eze Samuel Ohiri of Imo, Nigeria. As a result, she is now the Ada di Ohanma of Igboland. 
  • 2018 Won the 2017 version of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
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