Peter Obi was born on 19th July 1961. He is from Onitsha, Anambra State. He is married to Margaret Brownson Usen and they have two children together namely Gabriella Nwamaka Frances Obi, daughter and Gregory Peter Oseloka Obi, son. Peter Obi attended Christ the King College, Onitsha, where he completed his secondary school education. In 1980, he attended the University of Nsukka, where he studied philosophy and graduated with B.A(Hons) in 1984. Since then, he attended several other institutions which include: Lagos Business School, Nigeria (Chief Executive Program), Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A (Mid to Mid Marketing), Harvard Business School, Boston, U.S.A (Changing the Game), London School of Economics (Financial Mgt/Business Policy), Columbia Business School, New York, U.S.A (Marketing Mgt), Institute for Management Development, Switzerland (Senior Executive Program), Institute for Management Development, Switzerland (Break-Through Program for CEOs), Kellogg Graduate School of Management, U.S.A. (Advanced Executive Program), Kellogg School of Management U.S.A. (Global Advanced Mgt Program), Oxford University: Said Business School, (Advanced Mgt & Leadership Program), Cambridge University: George Business School (Advanced Leadership Program)
Peter Obi started his career in business. He was so successful he became one amongst the wealthiest businessmen in the south-east. He later became the Chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, Chairman, and Director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Paymaster Nigeria Ltd, Future View Securities Ltd, Data Corp Ltd, Chams Nigeria Ltd and Card Center Ltd.
He also became the youngest chairman of Fidelity Bank plc. He was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 as Chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Peter Obi also began a career in politics when he was elected as the governor of Anambra state under APGA political party. He made sure to manage the state’s resources judiciously.
Before he became the governor, he was running against Chris Ngige of the People Democratic Party and Ngige was declared a winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but Obi did not allow that to stop him, he took the case to court. After he won the court case on the 15th of March, 2006, he became the governor on 17th March, 2006.
Obi was later impeached after seven months in office by the state house of assembly, who installed his deputy, Virginia Etiaba on 2nd November 2006 as the first female governor in Nigeria. Obi was later reinstated by the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu state as the governor on 9th February 2007. He remained in power till 17th March 2014 when he handed over to his successor, Willie Obiano.