01. Gaston Browne
Gaston Alfonso Browne (born 9 February 1967) is the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. He has been the island’s leader since 2014. Before entering politics, he was a banker and businessman.
Browne was born on 9 February 1967, in Villa/Point Area on the twin island of Antigua and Barbuda. His life as a teenager was extremely tough. As a child, he lived in Grays Farm – commonly referred to as the ghetto on the island – with his paternal great-grandmother, who was in her eighties, at the time, partially blind, poor and aging. After her passing, he later grew up in Point, another impoverished area.
Following graduation Browne secured a position with the Swiss American Banking Group, a major banking consortium in Antigua and Barbuda, comprising offshore and onshore banks and a trust company, eventually rising to the position of Commercial Banking Manager.
He entered the political arena in 1999, when he was elected to parliament for the constituency of St. John’s City West. He was appointed Minister of Planning, Trade, Industry, Commerce and Public Service Affairs in his first term as an MP.