Patrice is from the Bamileke tribe of Cameroon that is known for its business and commerce. He comes from the royal family of Baleng. His grandfather, Chief Johnny Baleng I, was a renowned third-degree king in Cameroon and was one of the wealthiest men in the west of Cameroon. He made his money through farming, trade and serving as a translator for the British and Germans. Patrice’s mother, the Honorable Francoise Foning, would outdo her father by becoming the most famous politician and businesswoman in Cameroon. She served as a member of parliament, mayor of the largest city in Cameroon and one of the national leaders of the ruling political party of Cameroon. As a businesswoman, she had several businesses in several industries employing over 1000 people, including: import, export, construction, furniture manufacturing, transportation, education, healthcare and food services. She also founded the Cameroon Business Women Association, the West African Women Business Association and was two-time president and the first African woman to lead the World Business Women Association (FCEM) headquartered in France.