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Aga Khan IV Childhood & Facts, Imam of Nizari Ismailism - 𝐀𝐠𝐚 𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐈𝐕 Biography
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Inaara Aga KhanSalimah Aga Khan
Yasmin Aga Khan
Prince Shah Karim Al HussainiAga Khan IVShah Karim al-Hussaini
Hussain Aga KhanPrince Aly Muhammad Aga KhanRahim Aga KhanZahra Aga Khan
Harvard UniversityInstitut Le Rosey
Harvard University
Nation Media GroupAga Khan Development NetworkAga Khan FoundationDevelopment Credit BankInstitute of Ismaili StudiesUniversity of Central AsiaAlisarda
Geneva
Islam
Male
Prince Aly Khan
Joan Yarde-Buller
$1 Billion as of Jan 7,2017
Sagittarius
Geneva
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Who is Aga Khan IV?

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Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (IV) is a Swiss-born British business tycoon, as well as the 49th and current Imam of ‘Nizari Ismailism’. Educated in Switzerland and at Harvard University, he was chosen as the successor to the imamate of the Nizārī Ismāʿīlī sect by his grandfather, the Aga Khan III, whom he succeeded in 1957. During the early years of his reign, he initiated visits to gain the trust of people of the community and emerged as a strong leader, ordering his followers to become citizens of the countries in which they resided, and to leave countries where they faced trouble and persecution. He is also known for his business acumen, and his extensive private holdings include hotels, airlines, and newspapers. Through organizations such as the ‘Aga Khan Foundation’, the imamate funded aid agencies offering educational, health, and housing services in South Asia and East Africa. He became the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims and currently chairs the ‘Aga Khan Development Network’. One of the world's ten richest royals, ‘His Royal Highness’ has been on the throne for more than 50 years. Among the various works he has undertaken during his reign, the prominent ongoing ones are the elimination of global poverty, the promotion and implementation of secular pluralism, the advancement of the status of women, and the honoring of Islamic art and architecture.

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Aga Khan IV Childhood & Early Life

He was born on December 13, 1936, in Geneva, Switzerland, to Prince Aly Khan, and his first wife, Princess Tajuddawlah Aly Khan, the eldest daughter of the 3rd Baron Churston. He has a brother, Prince Amyn, and two half-siblings from his parents’ other marriages.

He spent his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, where he received his early education through private tutoring. Later, he was enrolled in the ‘Institut Le Rosey’ in Switzerland, the most expensive boarding school in Europe. Then he attended Harvard University where he switched to majoring in History after flunking an engineering course.

In 1957, when his grandfather passed away, he was thrust into the position of the Aga Khan (IV). Two years later, he graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (with Cum Laude honors).

Aga Khan IV Career

Following the death of his grandfather, the Aga Khan III, he became the 49th Imam of the Nizari Ismailis, at the age of 20. Upon taking the position, he intended to continue his grandfather’s work towards building modern institutions to improve the quality of life of the ‘Nizari Ismailis’.

He emphasized on social issues such as material development, education, interracial harmony, and confidence in religion. He encouraged the Nizari Ismailis settled in the industrialized world to contribute towards the progress of communities in the developing world through various development programs.

He founded ‘Nation Media Group’, a Kenyan media company, and has also been involved in other business ventures such as luxury hotels. He owns and operates the largest horse racing and breeding operation in France, and other breeding/stud farms in Europe.

He is the founder and chairman of the ‘Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)’, one of the largest private development networks in the world. AKDN agencies operate in the fields of health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic progress, mostly in the developing countries.

He is a leading business magnate and owns hundreds of racehorses, valuable stud farms, an exclusive yacht club on Sardinia, a private island in the Bahamas, two Bombardier jets, a £100 million high speed yacht, and several estates around the world.

Aga Khan IV Major Works

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) founded by him is one of the largest private development networks in the world. The network employs approximately 80,000 paid staff and operates in the fields of health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development, with special focus on countries of the Third World.

Aga Khan IV Awards & Achievements

In 1977, he became the first Muslim to receive the honor of ‘Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic’.

In 1984, he was awarded the ‘Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal in Architecture’ by the University of Virginia.

In 1996, he received the prestigious ‘Hadrian Award’ from World Monuments Fund, United States.

In 2005, he was presented with the prestigious ‘Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy’.

In 2009, he was named the ‘Philanthropic Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Le Nouvel Economiste, Paris.

In 2013, he was awarded a ‘Gold Medal’ by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

From 2009 to 2013, he was included in the list of ‘One of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world’ by the ‘Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre’, Jordan.

In 2015, he was awarded ‘Padma Vibhushan’, the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India.

He has been the recipient of numerous honorary degree from universities around the world including the ‘University of Toronto’, ‘University of Sankore’, ‘University of London’, ‘Harvard University’, and ‘University of Cambridge’.

Aga Khan IV Personal Life & Legacy

In 1969, he married a former British model Sarah Frances Croker-Poole, who assumed the title of ‘Begum Salimah Aga Khan’. They had three children; one daughter, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, and two sons, Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Prince Hussain Aga Khan.

The couple remained married for 25 years but they separated in 1984 after he became engaged in multiple extra-marital affairs. Their marriage officially ended in 1995, after 11 years of separation.

In 1998, he got married to Gabriele zu Leiningen, who assumed the title of ‘Begum Inaara Aga Khan’. The couple had a son, Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, born in 2000. This marriage also ended due to his infidelity. The couple filed for divorce which was finalized after several years in 2014.

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Aga Khan IV biography timelines

  • He was born on December 13, 1936, in Geneva, Switzerland, to Prince Aly Khan, and his first wife, Princess Tajuddawlah Aly Khan, the eldest daughter of the 3rd Baron Churston. He has a brother, Prince Amyn, and two half-siblings from his parents’ other marriages.
    13th Dec 1936
  • In 1957, when his grandfather passed away, he was thrust into the position of the Aga Khan (IV). Two years later, he graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (with Cum Laude honors).
    1957
  • In 1969, he married a former British model Sarah Frances Croker-Poole, who assumed the title of ‘Begum Salimah Aga Khan’. They had three children; one daughter, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, and two sons, Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Prince Hussain Aga Khan.
    1969
  • In 1977, he became the first Muslim to receive the honor of ‘Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic’.
    1977
  • In 1984, he was awarded the ‘Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal in Architecture’ by the University of Virginia.
    1984
  • The couple remained married for 25 years but they separated in 1984 after he became engaged in multiple extra-marital affairs. Their marriage officially ended in 1995, after 11 years of separation.
    1995
  • In 1996, he received the prestigious ‘Hadrian Award’ from World Monuments Fund, United States.
    1996
  • In 1998, he got married to Gabriele zu Leiningen, who assumed the title of ‘Begum Inaara Aga Khan’. The couple had a son, Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, born in 2000. This marriage also ended due to his infidelity. The couple filed for divorce which was finalized after several years in 2014.
    1998 To 2014
  • In 2005, he was presented with the prestigious ‘Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy’.
    2005
  • In 2009, he was named the ‘Philanthropic Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Le Nouvel Economiste, Paris.
    2009
  • From 2009 to 2013, he was included in the list of ‘One of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world’ by the ‘Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre’, Jordan.
    2009 To 2013
  • In 2013, he was awarded a ‘Gold Medal’ by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
    2013
  • In 2015, he was awarded ‘Padma Vibhushan’, the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India.
    2015
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Frequently asked questions about Aga Khan IV

  • What is Aga Khan IV birthday?

    Aga Khan IV was born at December 13, 1936

  • Where is Aga Khan IV's birth place?

    Aga Khan IV was born in Geneva

  • What is Aga Khan IV nationalities?

    Aga Khan IV's nationalities is British

  • Who is Aga Khan IV spouses?

    Aga Khan IV's spouses is Inaara Aga Khan, Salimah Aga Khan

  • Who is Aga Khan IV siblings?

    Aga Khan IV's siblings is Yasmin Aga Khan

  • Who is Aga Khan IV childrens?

    Aga Khan IV's childrens is Hussain Aga Khan, Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, Rahim Aga Khan, Zahra Aga Khan

  • What was Aga Khan IV universities?

    Aga Khan IV studied at Harvard University, Institut Le Rosey university

  • What was Aga Khan IV notable alumnis?

    Aga Khan IV's notable alumnis is Harvard University

  • Which company or organization was founded by Aga Khan IV?

    Aga Khan IV was the founder/co-founder of Nation Media Group, Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Foundation, Development Credit Bank, Institute of Ismaili Studies, University of Central Asia, Alisarda

  • What is Aga Khan IV's religion?

    Aga Khan IV's religion is Islam

  • Who is Aga Khan IV's father?

    Aga Khan IV's father is Prince Aly Khan

  • Who is Aga Khan IV's mother?

    Aga Khan IV's mother is Joan Yarde-Buller

  • What is Aga Khan IV's sun sign?

    Aga Khan IV is Sagittarius