Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Net Worth,Biography, Husband, Achievements, Book

Published Date   25th Aug. 2017, 00:04 am  Update Date: February 12th, 2018  12:59 pm
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Net Worth,Biography, Husband, Achievements, Book Noble Peace prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf net worth
Quick Info
Birth Name: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Birth Place: Monrovia, Liberia
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Father: Jahmale Carney Johnson
Spouse: James Sirleaf (divorced)
Ethnicity: Americo-Liberian
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Date of Birth: 29/10/1938
Age: 83 years old
Nationality: Liberian
Qualification: Master of Public Administration

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is a Liberian politician and economist. She served 12 historic years (2006 to 2018) as the president of Liberia and was expelled days before by her own party.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf net worth has amassed from her work as the member of the political party Unity Party and as the President of Liberia.

Sirleaf is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Africa’s first elected woman president.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Net Worth

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Net Worth and assets information were disclosed to the public keeping her net worth (assets minus liability) at USD 1, 707, 279.64.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf net worth includes her gross annual salary of LRD 1,684, 500.00 and an annual allowance of USD 72, 000.

The President’s account, according to her declaration is the USD153, 006.00 in her Bank of America account situated in Charlotte, U.S.A.

Sirleaf has total investments in securities, stock, bonds of  $ 765, 317  in the Vanguard Mutual Fund, Valley Forge, U.S.A. Her assets were stated before the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission on February 2, 2017.


The distinguished and talented Liberian politician Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has gained wide recognition for her presidency. Sirleaf’s achievements and Net Worth in the political arena primarily seem to be from her two-term presidency.

Throughout her tenure, she demonstrated a passionate commitment to hard work, integrity, good governance. Sirleaf also advocated for the rights of women and the importance of education for a secure future.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf net worth and her significant role in the Liberian politics has made her influential and World’s most powerful women. Her book comprises of the details of her successful career in politics.

Early Life & Education

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was born on 29 October 1938 in Monrovia, Liberia. She was born to father, Jahmale Carney Johnson, a Gola who was born in an impoverished rural region and German mother.

Jahmale later went on to sit in the country’s national legislature which made him the first Liberian from an indigenous ethnic group to do so.

Sirleaf’s mother was a mixed Kru, and German-born in an impoverished area in Greenville. Sirleaf is considered culturally Americo-Liberian, and an Americo-Liberian. Sirleaf was raised as a Presbyterian by her parents.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf received her education from the College of West Africa. She then went on to move to the United States where she joined Madison Business College, in Madison, Wisconsin. She eventually graduated with an associate degree in accounting.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf went on to take economics and public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated in 1971 with a Master of Public Administration.

Sirleaf married James Sirleaf in 1956 whom she later divorced. She is a mother of four sons and has ten grandchildren. Her children served in the Liberian Government.

Early career

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf began her career into the political arena as assistant minister from 1972 to 1973 under the Tolbert’s administration. Eventually, she went on to become the Minister of Finance till 1980.

Sirleaf moved to Washington, D.C. and joined World Bank. She later moved to Nairobi to serve as Vice President of the African Regional Office of Citibank in 1981. Ellen began working for Citibank but resigned in 1985.

Ellen then worked for Equator Bank. She then worked as a Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Africa in 1992.

She worked there as the Assistant Administrator and Assistant Secretary-General. In 1997, Ellen resigned from her position and worked on to run for president in Liberia.

Ellen was made the Chairperson of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and a visiting Professor of Governance at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

Political career

In 1985, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf returned to Liberia to run for Vice President under Jackson.

Ellen had made a speech in which she insulted the members of the (Samuel) Doe regime. For this, she was after sentenced to ten years in prison. Also, she was placed under house arrest in August 1985.

There were international calls for Ellen’s release which is why Doe pardoned and released her in September. Ellen was however removed from the presidential ticket.

But, Ellen ran for the Senate seat in Montserrado County. Ellen Sirleaf was jailed again on 13 November by Doe’s forces and released in July 1986. The same year, Ellen secretly fled the country to the United States.

In the 1997 general election, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf returned to Liberia to take part in it. She ran as the presidential candidate for the Unity Party. Ellen stood second in a controversial election and left Liberia and went into exile in Ivory Coast.

Following in the 2005 general election, Sirleaf once again stood for president as the candidate of the Unity Party and stood as the winner of the Liberian election thus becoming the President of Liberia.

In 2010 general election Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was re-nominated as the Unity Party’s presidential candidate where she received 43.9% of the vote in the first round and became the president of Liberia once again on 16 January 2012.


During her Presidency, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf went on to do remarkable things for education, international relationship, trade and more.

Ellen issued an Executive Order making education free and compulsory for all elementary school-aged children.

Also in 2010, Ellen Sirleaf signed into law a Freedom of Information bill, which is known to be the first legislation of its kind in West Africa. From the beginning of her presidency, Ellen made promises to reduce the national debt, which was US$4.9 billion in 2006.

Three years later her government had written off an additional $1.2 billion in foreign commercial debt.

Ellen formed a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2006 whose sole purpose was to “promote national peace, security, unity, and reconciliation“.

Ellen as the President has also gone to trips on Ivory Coast, United States, People’s Republic of China, and more to establish closer relationships. Ellen’s thoughts and acts on gay rights during her leadership in Liberia had also been a profound and controversial topic.

Literature and Books

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf book titled Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. New York: Simon & Schuster published in 2017 has details of her political career.

The book Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide published in 2014 has also included the life of Ellen and her political contributions.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf achievements have also been included in these literature writings.

Awards and recognition

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been honored many times for her remarkable career as a politician.

Awards and HonorsYear
Ralph Bunche International Leadership Award
Roosevelt Institute Freedom of Speech Award1988
Distinguished Fellow, Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, Emory University2006
Grand commander Star of Africa Redemption of Liberia
Commander of the Order of Mono
Common Ground Award recipient2006
Laureate of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger2006
Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws from Marquette University2006
David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award from Synergos2006
Presidential Medal of Freedom,2007
Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Indiana University2008
Awarded the EITI Award 2009
Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Tampa2009
Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Yale University2010
Friend of the Media in Africa Award from The African Editor's Union2010
Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University2011
African Gender Award
2011 Nobel Peace Prize2011
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development2012
Listed as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes2014


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