Gabon President Ali Bongo Biography: Wife, Age, Children, Net Worth, Family, Parents, Height, Siblings

August 30, 2023 0 Posted By Michael Amos


Ali Bongo Ondimba (born February 9, 1959) is a renowned Gabonese politician and businessman. He served as the esteemed third president of Gabon for a remarkable period spanning from 2009 to 2023.

Ali Bongo‘s notable affiliation lies with the Gabonese Democratic Party, highlighting his dedication and commitment to his political career.

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Full Name: Alain Bernard Bongo
Stage Name: Ali Bongo Ondimba
Born: 9 February 1959 (age 65 years old)
Place of Birth: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Nationality: Gabonese
Education: Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Height: 1.75 m
Parents: Omar Bongo, Patience Dabany
Siblings: Pascaline Bongo Ondimba, Albertine Amissa Bongo, Frédéric Bongo Ondimba
Spouse: Sylvia Bongo Ondimba (m. 1989), Inge Lynn Collins Bongo (m. 1994-2015)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Malika Bongo Ondimba, Noureddin Bongo Valentin, Bilal Bongo, Jalil Bongo Valentin
Occupation: Politician • Businessman
Net Worth: $20 million

Early Life & Education

Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon’s overthrown president, was born on February 9, 1959, in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo’s central city. Alain Bernard Bongo is his birth name.

Ali Bongo‘s father is Omar Bongo, a former president of Gabon and politician, while his mother is Patience Dabany, a former First Lady of Gabon.

Ali Bongo grew up with three siblings: Pascaline Bongo OndimbaAlbertine Amissa Bongo, and Frédéric Bongo Ondimba. From 1977 to 1981, Ali Bongo attended Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France.


After being appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by his father in 1989, Ali Bongo served in this capacity until 1991, when he transitioned to a new role as a member of the National Assembly. Later, in 1999, he was entrusted with the position of Minister of Defense.

Following his father’s passing in 2009, Bongo assumed the presidency through a highly contested election. In 2016, Ali Bongo was again re-elected despite differences during the voting process.

1996, the Higher Council of Islamic Affairs of Gabon (CSAIG) was established. During the parliamentary election that same year, Defense Minister Idriss Ngari‘s supporters challenged President Ali Bongo for the PDG nomination, but Bongo was able to win and keep his seat with the help of his influential political ally, his maternal uncle Jean-Boniface Assélé.

Following his election as a PDG candidate in Haut-Ogooué Province, Ali Bongo became a member of the National Assembly in December 2001. He further solidified his position within the party by being elected vice president during the PDG’s Eighth Ordinary Congress in July 2003. 

Ali Bongo then played a crucial role in his father’s re-election campaign during the 2005 presidential election, serving as Coordinator-General of Youth. In recognition of his efforts, he was promoted to Minister of State on January 21, 2006, while continuing to hold the defense portfolio.

According to military officers, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba was placed under house arrest on August 30, 2023, while one of his sons was detained on “treason.” This development came short after the military officers announced that they had successfully overthrown the government of Gabon.

Social Media

  • Twitter handle: Ali Bongo Ondimba (@PresidentABO)

Personal Life

Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon’s current president, has had two marriages. In 1989, he married Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, a French national, and together they have four children: Malika Bongo OndimbaNoureddin Bongo ValentinJalil Bongo Ondimba, and Bilal Bongo

Ali Bongo remarried in 1994 to Inge Lynn Collins Bongo, an American from Los Angeles, who later divorced him in 2015. The 65-year-old Ali Bongo Ondimba celebrates his birthday every February 9.

Net Worth

Gabon’s current president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, has an estimated net worth of $20 million. 

This substantial income stems from various sources, including his family’s business operations, Ali Bongo‘s powerful position as President of the Republic, and his investments. These multiple sources all contribute to his overall financial situation.

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