Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is one of the most influential women in Africa, Liberian President after winning the presidential election on November 8, 2005, in which he defeated the other main candidate, former football player George Weah. He served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert mandate, from 1972 to 1973, where a coup overthrew Tolbert, after which left Liberia and held senior positions in various financial institutions. He earned a distant second in presidential elections in 1997. Later, he was elected president in the presidential election of 2005 took up his post on January 16, 2006, being the first woman elected president in Africa. On Friday October 7, 2011 he received the Nobel Peace Prize, shared with compatriot Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni Tawakel Karman.