Born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a wilful spirit to craft his own path to greatness, Ian Khama rose to occupy the most powerful seat in the country, a seat that had once been occupied by his father.
Here is a look at Ian Khama’s net worth, his background and education, his military career, and his very successful political career.
What is Ian Khama’s net worth?
Although the exact value of his net worth has not been provided, several online sources estimate Ian Khama’s net worth at between $10 - $15 million.
He has accumulated this incredible wealth from his successful career in politics as well as his other investments.
Ian Khama’s background and education
Ian Seretse Khama was born on the 27th of February 1953, in the United Kingdom where his parents were in exile.
Khama’s father was the late Sir Seretse Khama who served as the first president of Botswana and was a direct descendant of the King of Bamangwato people. His mother was the late Ruth Williams Khama, a British-born woman who served as the first lady of Botswana.
Ian Khama studied at the Waterford Kamhlaba United College of Southern Africa in Mbabane, Eswatini and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is also a qualified pilot.
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Ian Khama military career
In 1977, Ian Khama was appointed brigadier general when he was just 24 years old during his father’s tenure as president. This made him the Deputy Commander to late former Vice President Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe.
Khama rose through the ranks and in 1989 he was appointed the commander Botswana Defence Force (BDF). He held this position until the 31st of March 1998 when he retired.
During his tenure in the military, the former president took home a good salary having served at the highest rank in BDF, and this lucrative salary helped to build Ian Khama’s net worth.
Ian Khama’s political career and presidency
After retiring from the military, Ian Khama joined active national politics. When Festus Mogae succeeded Masire as president, he appointed Khama as the Vice President. He was sworn in as the Vice President on the 13th of July 1998 after getting a national assembly seat following his big win at the Serowe North by-election.
Khama retained his position as Vice President of Botswana following the 1999 general elections where the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won.
Following Mogae’s resignation on 1 April 2008, Ian Khama became the fourth president of the republic of Botswana. He served two five-year terms starting in 2009 until 2018.
After leaving office, and having disagreements with Mokgweetsi Masisi who succeeded him as president, Ian Khama left BDP and joined a new party called the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF). He actively campaigned for BDF during the 2019 general elections although it performed poorly winning only three seats in Serowe area.