Ralph Everard Gonsalves was born on August 8, 1946 to Alban Gonsalves (a farmer and small businessman) and Theresa Francis (devoted family woman and small business owner) in the rural village of Colonarie, bounded by two plantations. He was born with a rebel seed to fight injustice, determined to assist in the transformation of people’s lives for the better.
He has been a political activist for over 50 years; he has been beaten on the anvil of experience and forged in the cauldron of struggle; his natural leadership skills have been shaped and developed through his long years of political activism in the quest of lifting our St. Vincent and the Grenadines and our Caribbean higher!
Currently, he is the longest serving elected member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, representing North Central Windward since February 1994. He has also been the longest serving Prime Minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, March 2001 to the present time.
He is a Christian believer; he loves sports and reading. He is a father; and husband to Eloise.
Comrade Ralph was educated at the Colonarie Primary School, the Grammar School, University of the West Indies, Manchester University (UK), Makerere University (Uganda), and Gray’s Inn (London). He formally studied political economy, government, and law. He obtained the qualification of: BSc (Econ.); MSc (Govt.); PhD (Govt); and the Degree of Utter Barrister.
Before becoming Prime Minister, he worked first as a University Lecturer/Professor and then as a Lawyer.