Andrews Kwame Pianim is a Ghanaian financier and former government official.
He served as CEO of New World Investments. After ten years as a political prisoner, he made a 1996 bid to run for the presidency of Ghana.
Early life and family
Pianim attended Achimota School for his secondary education. He received a B.A. Double Honours in Economics and Political Science from the University of New Brunswick, Canada (1963) and M.A. in economics from Yale University (1964), USA. He was married to a Dutch woman named Cornelia Pianim.
Their youngest son Elkin Kwesi Pianim (born 1970), a Vassar College trained corporate financier, married global media magnate Elisabeth Murdoch; Kwame Pianim has two grandchildren in common with Rupert Murdoch, namely Cornelia and Anna Pianim.
Economic and finance career
Kwame Pianim was arrested with a group of soldiers including Sgt. Akata Pore on 23 November 1982 following the capture of part of Gondar Barracks, Burma Camp in an apparent abortive coup attempt.
His attempts to contest the 1996 presidential elections on the ticket of the centre-right New Patriotic Party were scuppered when the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a controversial law preventing individuals convicted of treasonous acts from holding public office, even if such acts were committed during periods of unconstitutional rule.
Following the Court’s decision, he resigned from politics to focus on private activities within the realm of development economics.
Kwame Pianim was once the chairman of the Public Utility Regulation Council (PURC) of Ghana, a high-level commission tasked with the responsibility of overseeing and regulating electricity and water utilities. He however resigned in December 2007 as a result of differences with the then ruling NPP government of John A. Kufuor. He is the President of Old Achimotans Association.
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