One of the richest men in Ghana, Sam Jonah, has said that he takes exception to being described by his riches.
The business mogul, who is celebrated as one of the wealthiest in the country, said he finds it uncomfortable when he qualified based on his monetary worth.
The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AngloGold Ashanti said this in an interview with Accra-based JoyNews.
He explained that he was brought up in a home that upheld good moral and humanitarian values above anything else.
“In my father’s house, there was an inscription, ‘wɔ bisa wu fie, w’ɔnbisa wo sika’… to wit, your name [the kind of upbringing you get from home] is far more important than your riches. So I take offence when, for instance, I have been defined by what people think I have,” Jonah clarified.
Sam Jonah, whose net worth is about $1.3 billion, acquired his wealth mainly through Jonah Capital, a holding company and private equity firm that invests in the mining sector, real estate, agriculture, construction materials, financial services, oil and gas services.
The private equity firm is 78 per cent owned by the Jonah family and 22% by Standard Bank.
Even though there are reports of his assets that make him one of Ghana’s richest, he insists he is merely resourceful and does not subscribe to such descriptions.
“When I hear the nonsense that ‘they say he is the richest man in Ghana’, it causes me a lot of grief,” he indicated.