|Birth Name:||Ameenah Gurib-Fakim|
|Birth Place:||Surinam, British Mauritius|
|Date of Birth:||17/10/1959|
|Age:||64 years old|
|Qualification:||PhD degree in Organic Chemistry|
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim born as Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib is the current president of the Republic of Mauritius. Not to mention, she is a former entrepreneur and biodiversity scientist. Listed in Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world, Ameenah Gurib-Fakhim net worth is impressive including annual salary as a president and royalties/earnings from her books.
The president, Gurib has been among the influential personalities throughout the world. In fact, she is working on the issue of climate change, i.e. global warming. As a biodiversity Scientist, Gurib is using her power and intelligence to save the environment and food.
Talking about her achievements, she is among two female presidents on the continent alongside Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Currently, Gurib lives in States House surrounded by Flora and Fauna.
Gurib thinks Ocean is the ultimate way for economic development. Meanwhile, she focuses on education development as the island has already started developing education hub. So, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim net worth includes the states house and the whole Island.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was born on October 17, 1959 in the village of Surinam, located in the Savanne District of Mauritius. Her parents are Hassenjee Gurib and Firdaus Durgauhee. Gurib’s parents were very supportive of her and brother.
She grew younger in a mediocre house in a small village located next to the airport in Mauritius. Gurib and brother finished her schooling in the school with very fewer facilities or amenities. Ameenah Gurib Fakim family always knew the power of education.
In 1976, education became free in Mauritius. Meanwhile, Gurib- Fakim found a teacher who profounded her science education. Furthermore, her teacher used to take the students in the field so that they can understand better about the environment.
This was the time, her interest in ecosystem and biodiversity increased. She finished her primary schooling in Saint- Patrice and higher schooling from Loreto Covent Quatre Bornes. After finishing her education in Mauritius, she wanted to study Chemistry.
But the career guidance officer, denied her interest to study Chemistry. But Gurib was determined, and her father was supportive. She went in the crowd of different language and culture, England. She chose the University of Surrey, and her father was alongside throughout the journey.
After completing the course at the University of Surrey, she joined the University of Exeter and signed up for PhD in organic chemistry. Then she decided to utilize her education for Mauritius and went back.
Her Excellency, Gurib became a lecturer at the University of Mauritius in 1987.
Scientist- President, Gurib has a fortune of researching the chemistry of plants. As she was aware, the biodiversity in unique plants and molecules are not found anywhere else in the world. Eventually, that helped the economic and environmental development of Mauritius.
In 1989, she became the part of the project funded by the European Development Fund in 1989. This project was based on the study of aromatic and medical plants lying in the Indian Ocean.
Her Excellency, Gurib-Fakim set up the first laboratory in 1992. At that time there was no documentation of herbal medicine, and she developed the very first database. The project ran between 1990 and 1995 where she unveiled the medicinal and aromatic plants of Mauritius.
In 1997, Gurib published four books containing the whole database on the knowledge of plants. This was the very first publication regarding medicinal plants of Rodrigues Island. The earnings from her books definitely added to Ameenah Gurib-Fakim net worth.
Then in 2001, she got uplifted as professor of Chemistry which was the first time woman becoming a professor at the University. Her progressive step didn’t end here. Later, she became dean of the faculty and vice-Chancellor of the university in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
Gurib then decided to leave her job as Vice- Chancellor in 2011. She landed her feet on the land of Entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, she got success with very first African Herbal Pharmacopoeia that illuminates the botanical, commercial and phytochemical information on over fifty of the most important African Medicinal Plants.
Apparently, her decision to invest her money and idea on business created a buzz. And a managing director of CEPHYR that pioneered cosmetic and pharma research. Currently, known as CIDP (Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique) became the very first bio-park in Mauritius in 2014.
As she is president of Mauritius, she left her job of managing director. But this doesn’t mean the end of the business. As of now, Claire Blazy- Jauzac is the managing director of CIDP. In Fact, this business still adds to Ameenah Gurib Fakim net worth.
After coming back to Mauritius from a Global Ted talk held in Brazil 2014, she got the news of her nomination as president. Initially, she was surprised and shocked by the news as she didn’t have any political ambition.
After a day, she saw her picture with headlines Ameenah Gurib- Fakim Presidency with a very small interrogation mark. Later, she decided to take a post of president although she thought it a risk. Gurib was announced a president of Mauritius on June 5, 2015.
Since then she has worked in the sustainable development of women in science and the diversity of Mauritius. Moreover, she is concerned about the climate change, global warming and innovation in a global forum.
Gurib is also a former director of the Planet Earth Institute (PEI). While it is an international NGO and Charity organization working for the scientific independence of Africa. Gurib had to leave a post of Director after she became the president.
As a President, she resides in the State House on Mauritius. The state house or mansion is located in Reduit, Moka close to the University of Mauritius. The mansion covers 240-acre, and floor area of the mansion is 55,000 sq ft. The state house is covered by green flora and faunas that is why it is a favourable environment for Gurib.
Ameenah Gurib Fakhim standing in front of states house.
Image Source– Forbes Africa
Gurib gets a salary of Mauritian Rupees 288,000 per month, which is 3.456 million annually. As in dollars, it is $8,726.4 monthly and $104,716.8 per year. Meanwhile, Vice-president gets 198,000, Prime Minister- 282,000, Vice- Prime Minister- 198,000, Ministers- 192,000, Deputies 68,400 and Leader of Opposition- 150,000 Mauritian Rupees.
The state house can’t be included in Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Net worth as it is a government house. But her salary surely adds to her fortune. Apart from this, she is also provided with a car.
Even after her retirement, she won’t be devoid of salary. According to Pana Press, the former president, Sir Anerood Jugnauth is paid the good amount as pension. He gets a pension worth 237,000 Mauritian rupees, i.e. $6,775 per month for being an ex-president. While he is paid 282,000 Mauritian Rupee which is approximately $8,060.
So, even after her retirement, she will be paid a monthly salary as pension to add Ameenah Gurib-Fakim net worth.
Recently, Gurib has been accused of using credit card provided by a Charity organization Planet Earth Institute. She used this credit card to buy clothes and jewellery. After the accusation, she refunded all the money.
After the incident, prime minister Pravind Jugnauthrime told that she would resign after March 12. That is after a celebration of Mauritius 50th anniversary.Later She replied via Twitter.
It is being reported that I am resigning.. I am still in post..
— Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (@aguribfakim) 9 March 2018
Besides salary and house, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim net worth includes L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.
Besides the salary and earning from various professions, Ameenah Gurib Fakim net worth is multiplied by earnings from Bookselling. Her book Plantes Medicinales de Maurice: v. 1 costs $240.31 on Amazon.
The sixth president of Mauritius, Gurib-Fakim is married to Dr Anwar Fakim. And Anwar is a surgeon. The couple together has two kids including a son and a daughter.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakhim’s family: Ameenah with husband and Daughter, Imaan.
Image Source– Lexpress
Currently, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim’s husband lives in Quatre- Bornes. But her two children are in the UK. Her son, Adam Fakim and daughter, Imaam Fakim are currently studying in University in the UK.
Gurib- Fahim says her husband supports her by being indifferent. Also, he had left her lot of space to do what she wants to do.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim with Husband, Anwar Fakim.
Image Source– 5-Plus Dimanche
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Published on 9/3/2017 and updated on 3/11/2018.