04. James Fitz-Allen Mitchell – $14 Million
Sir James Fitz-Allen Mitchell KCMG PC MP (born 15 May 1931) is the former Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines He was the second Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the founder of the New Democratic Party (NDP). He also served as Premier of the then colony of Saint Vincent from 1972 to 1974, and as Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from 1984 to 2000.
Sir James Fitz-Allen Mitchell agronomist and politician, has been a dominant figure in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for almost three decades. He was educated in St. Vincent at the Saint Vincent Grammar School. He continued his education at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago and at the University of British Columbia in Canada. An agriculturist by profession, Mitchell worked with Government and in the Ministry of Overseas Development in London, and as an agricultural research officer for the Saint Vincent Government.
Mitchell initially entered politics in 1966 by winning a legislative seat as a candidate of the Saint Vincent Labour Party. After serving as premier from 1972 to 1974, he founded the New Democratic Party (NDP) in 1975 becoming the sole Parliamentary Opposition until 1984. He became Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs in July 1984 and was re-elected for a fourth successive term when his Party scored a marginal 8–7 victory in the Parliamentary Elections of 15 June 1998. One of the longest serving prime ministers in Caribbean history, Mitchell retired as Prime Minister in 2000 but stayed on as Senior Minister until 2001. Mitchell was also foreign minister from 1984 until 1992 and a Privy Councillor beginning in 1985.
In addition, Mitchell was co-chair of International Democrat Observer teams in the first democratic elections in Nicaragua in 1990 and Hungary in 1991. He also led the Commonwealth observer team at the election in Lesotho in 2002.
Mitchell is currently a member of the InterAction Council.