7. Misa Telefoni Retzlaff
Misa Telefoni Retzlaff is a former Samoan Deputy Prime Minister and deputy leader of the Human Rights Protection Party.
Retzlaff was educated at King’s College in Auckland, New Zealand. He studied law at the University of Auckland before going on to practice law in Samoa. He was appointed Attorney-General of Samoa in 1986.
In 1988 he resigned his position as Attorney-general to run for election, winning the seat of Falelatai & Samatau. Initially part of the opposition, he joined the government of Tofilau Eti Alesana in 1991 as Minister of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries and Shipping. In 1996 he became Minister of Health, and in 2001, Deputy Prime Minister. In addition to that role, he currently holds the portfolios of Commerce, Industry and Labour.