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George Weah, born on October 1, 1966, is a prominent figure in Liberian politics and a former professional football player. He is currently serving as the 25th President of Liberia, having assumed office on January 22, 2018. Weah is widely regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all time and has made significant contributions to both sports and politics.
Early Life and Upbringing
George Weah was born and raised in the slums of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. Growing up in poverty, Weah faced numerous challenges but remained determined to succeed. He was raised by his grandmother and had a difficult childhood, often struggling to make ends meet.
Despite the hardships, Weah found solace in football and began playing at a young age. His talent on the field quickly became evident, and he soon caught the attention of local coaches and scouts.
Education and Career Beginnings
Weah attended the Wells Hairston High School in Monrovia, where he continued to excel in football. His skills on the field earned him a scholarship to the United States, where he attended Pennsylvania’s Devry University. However, Weah left university early to pursue a professional football career.
In 1988, Weah signed with AS Monaco, a French football club, marking the beginning of his successful professional career. He went on to play for several top clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Chelsea, and Manchester City. Weah’s exceptional performances on the field earned him numerous accolades and established his reputation as one of the best footballers in the world.
Political Career and Government Type
After retiring from professional football, Weah turned his attention to politics. He first ran for the presidency of Liberia in 2005 but was unsuccessful. However, he remained active in politics and continued to build his reputation as a champion for the rights of the Liberian people.
In 2017, Weah ran for the presidency again and emerged victorious, defeating the incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai. Liberia practices a unitary presidential republic system of government, with the President serving as both the head of state and the head of government.
Personal Life and Assets
George Weah is married to Clar Weah and has several children. He leads a relatively private personal life, focusing on his political and professional endeavors.
In terms of assets, Weah owns several properties, including a luxurious house in Monrovia. He also possesses a collection of high-end cars, reflecting his success both on and off the football field.
As of the latest estimates, George Weah’s net worth is approximately $30 million in US dollars. In Nigerian Naira, his net worth is around 11 billion Naira. Converted to Canadian dollars, it amounts to approximately 39 million CAD. In Ghanaian Cedi, his net worth is estimated to be around 173 million GHS. In Kenyan Shilling, it is approximately 3.3 billion KES. In South African Rand, his net worth is around 430 million ZAR. In Ugandan Shilling, it amounts to approximately 112 billion UGX. Finally, in Indian Rupee, his net worth is estimated to be around 2.2 billion INR.
It is important to note that these figures are approximate and subject to change based on various factors.
Awards and Nominations
Throughout his career, George Weah has received numerous awards and nominations for his outstanding contributions to football and politics. Some of his notable achievements include:
- FIFA World Player of the Year: 1995
- African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1994, 1995
- Ballon d’Or: 1995
- Presidential Medal of Freedom: 2018
These accolades highlight Weah’s exceptional talent and dedication in both his sporting and political endeavors.
For more detailed information about George Weah’s life and achievements, you can visit his Biography on Wikipedia.
For official information about Liberia and its government, you can visit the official website of Liberia.