Peter Godwin is a documentarian, writer and journalist. He is known for his tenure as the former head of the PEN American Center. He is also known as the author of the book, The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe.

Fast facts

Real name Peter Godwin
Nickname Peter
Date of birth December 4, 1957
Age 65 years old
Birthplace Harare, Zimbabwe
Nationality British-Polish
profession Journalist, author
Height 5 feet 10 inches
Weight 65 kg
Hair color Grey
Eye color Blue
Net worth 1.5 million dollars

Age and Early Life of Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin was born on 4 December 1957 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is of British and Polish descent. He has not yet shared his parents’ names. Godwin’s Polish father is a professional engineer. His British mother is a former doctor. His father’s family was slaughtered during the Holocaust.

Jain is his elder sister. She and her fiancé were killed in their car during an ambush. Moving on to his studies, he enrolled at Cambridge University to study law. He later attended Oxford University to study international relations.

Peter Godwin Height & Weight

Peter Godwin is 5 feet 10 inches tall. He weighs approximately 65 kg. He has lovely warm blue eyes and gray locks. There is no information about his chest-waist-hip measurement, dress size, shoe size, biceps and so on.

Peter Godwin

Peter Godwin net worth

How much is Peter Godwin’s net worth? He is estimated to have a net worth of $1.5 million in 2023. His earnings as an author range from $24k to $106k. Apart from that, he earns money via book royalties. Other than that, his earnings as a writer range between $24k and $73k.


Peter Godwin began his work as a human rights lawyer after graduating from Cambridge University. However, he decided to pursue a career in journalism. In 1893 he reported on President Mugabe’s North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade slaughtering over 20,000 villagers in the southern region of Matabeleland. He became a foreign correspondent for the British newspaper The Sunday Times. He covered the conflicts in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe during that time.

After that he joined the BBC as the foreign affairs programme’s chief reporter. He shot the films in Cuba, the Balkans and Czechoslovakia at this time. He later contributed to publications such as The New York Times and Vanity Fair. Meanwhile, he worked as a contributor to other newspapers. In 2008 he contributed many articles on the small islands of Likoma and Chizumulu as well as other Malawian and Mozambican territorial waters.

In 2008, he suggested to The New York Times that the participating nations should withdraw from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He is an excellent novelist and filmmaker in addition to being a journalist. He specialized in non-fiction as an author. ‘Rhodesians Never Die’: The Impact of War and Political Change on White was his debut book, published in 1993. The novel is about white Rhodesians who were unprepared for the revolution. In the same year, he directed The business of Death, a film based on an investigation into Thailand’s sex business. Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa was published three years later. The book covers his personal journey from the Rhodesian conflict to his career as a journalist in the new state of Zimbabwe.

He then authored The Three of Us: A New Life in New York, Wild at Heart: Man and Beast in Southern Africa and When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: An African Memoir. His most recent book, The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe, was published in 2011. The book is about the systematic campaign of murder and torture that civilians were subjected to when Zimbabwe’s dictatorial regime was defeated in the elections. The book was named the best book of the year by The New Yorker, The Economist and Publishers Weekly.

Peter Godwin Wife & Marriage

Who is Peter Godwin’s wife? Peter Godwin’s current dating status is unknown. He was previously married to Joanna Coles. Jonna, his ex-wife, is a former head of content at Hearst Magazines. In 2001 they got married. They have three children together: two boys, Thomas and Hugo, and a girl, Holly. They separated after 18 years of marriage due to divorce.

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