Peter Gregory Obi is an accomplished politician and businessman who was the vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the Peoples Democratic Party. He was also a former governor of Anambra State, initially serving from 2006 to 2010, and after winning re-election in 2010, he completed his second term in 2014.
Peter Obi was born on 19 July 1961 at Onitsha. He attended Christ the King College, Onitsha, where he completed his secondary school education. He was admitted to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1980, graduating with a B.A (Hons) in philosophy in 1984.
He attended Lagos business school, Nigeria, where he did his Chief Executive Program, Harvard business school, Boston, USA, where he did two programs, London School of Economics, Columbia business school, New York, USA, Institute for management development, Switzerland where he also got two certificates in Senior Executive Program and Chief Executive Officers Program. He also attended Kellogg graduate school of Management, USA, Oxford University: Said business school and Cambridge University: George business school.
Obi was chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, then chairman and director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities Ltd, Paymaster Nigeria Ltd, Chams Nigeria Ltd, Data Corp Ltd and Card Centre Ltd. He was the youngest chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc. He was also appointed the Chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Obi married Margaret Brownson Usen in 1992, and together they have two children: Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi and Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi.