6. Ram John Holder
John Wesley Holder CBE , known professionally as Ram John Holder, is a Guyanese-British actor and musician, who began his professional career as a singer in New York City, before moving to England in 1962. He has performed on stage, in both film and television and, is best known for playing Augustus “Porkpie” Grant in the British television series Desmond’s.
He has also appeared as ‘Flying’ Freddie Mercer in episodes of the BBC Television children’s programme The Story of Tracy Beaker. In May 2008 he appeared in an episode of the BBC drama The Invisibles. He is seen in an ensemble part in Song for Marion, a feature film from Paul Andrew Williams, the director of London to Brighton, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.
He has a net worth of about $20 million and he is the ninth on the 2022 richest people in Guyana.
7. David Dabydeen
David Dabydeen, born 9 December 1955i, s a Guyanese-born broadcaster, novelist, poet and academic. He was formerly Guyana’s Ambassador to UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation) from 1997 to 2010 and the youngest Member of the UNESCO Executive Board (1993–1997), elected by the General Council of all Member States of UNESCO.
He was appointed Guyana’s Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinaire to China, from 2010 to 2015. He is one of the longest serving diplomats in the history of Guyana, most of his work done in a voluntary unpaid capacity. He is kown for the following notable awards;
- 2008: Anthony Sabga Award for Caribbean Excellence. The largest recognition prize in the region and commonly called the “Caribbean Nobel”
- Four other Guyana Literature Prizes for his novels A Harlot’s Progress; Our Lady of Demerara; Molly and the Muslim Stick and Johnson’s Dictionary.
- 1984: Commonwealth Poetry Prize – Slave Song
- 1978: Quiller-Couch Prize (Cambridge) – Slave Song
- 1991: Guyana Prize for Literature – The Intended
- 1998: Shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award for the best book of fiction published in the previous two years worldwide.
- 1999: James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction), shortlist – A Harlot’s Progress
- 2004: Raja Rao Award for Literature (India)
- 2007: Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award
He has a net worth of $10 million.