Aga Khan IV

Aga Khan IV

Born Dec 13, 1936
Age 79
Hometown Genève
Net Worth $800 Million
Other Names Shah Karim al-Hus...

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, NPk, NI, KBE, CC, GCC, GCIH, GCM; born December 13, 1936; is an international business magnate, racehorse owner and breeder, as well as the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism – a denomination of Ismailism within Shia Islam consisting of approximately 5–15 million adherents (under 10% of the world's Shia Muslim population).… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on December 13, 1936.


1949 12 Years Old Their parents divorced in 1949, in part due to Prince Aly Khan's extramarital affairs, and Prince Aly Khan shortly after married Rita Hayworth – with whom he had a daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, the half-sister of Aga Khan IV. … Read More


1957 20 Years Old …  Since his ascension to the Imamate of Nizari Ismailis in 1957, the Aga Khan has been involved in complex political and economic changes which have affected his Nizari Ismaili followers, including the independence of African countries from colonial rule, expulsion of Asians from Uganda, the independence of Central Asian countries such as Tajikistan from the former Soviet Union and the continuous turmoil in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
1959 22 Years Old …  The Aga Khan IV graduated from Harvard in 1959, two years after becoming the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (with Cum Laude honors) and his varsity H for soccer.
1964 27 Years Old The young Aga Khan was a competitive downhill skier, and he skied for Iran (at that time led by the secular Shah) in the 1964 Olympic Games. … Read More
1965 28 Years Old When the Aga Khan IV was asked about his view on the consumption of alcohol in a 1965 interview with the Sunday Times, he said, in line with Muslim teaching: … Read More


1969 32 Years Old The Aga Khan married his first wife, former British model Sarah ("Sally") Frances Croker-Poole, who assumed the name Begum Salimah Aga Khan, on 22 October 1969 (civil) and 28 October 1969 (religious), at his home (at that time) in Paris, France. … Read More
1972 35 Years Old In 1972, under the regime of President Idi Amin of Uganda, people of South Asian origin, including Nizari Ismailis, were expelled. … Read More
1975 38 Years Old …  For instance, a report was issued at the 1975 Ismailia Association Conference – a meeting of the Aga Khan with senior Nizari Ismaili council leaders from several countries – to address the question of the divinity of the Imam. … Read More


…  The Aga Khan is also the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, which he founded in 1977. … Read More


1995 58 Years Old However, their marriage did not officially end by divorce until eleven years later, in 1995. … Read More


1998 - 2004 2 More Events
2005 68 Years Old The Aga Khan owns Gilltown Stud near Kilcullen, Ireland, and the Haras de Bonneval breeding farm at Le Mesnil-Mauger in France. In March 2005, he purchased the famous Calvados stud farms, the Haras d'Ouilly in Pont-d'Ouilly and the Haras de Val-Henry in Livarot. … Read More
2006 69 Years Old In 2006 the Aga Khan became the majority shareholder of French horse auction house Arqana.
2008 71 Years Old …  In 2008, the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged that the Aga Khan, a British citizen, would be let off all 'direct taxes, stamp duty, and wealth tax' by the country of France - saving the Aga Khan an amount estimated to be in the billions of Euros.
2009 72 Years Old On 27 October 2009 it was announced that Sea The Stars, regarded by many as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, would stand stud at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud in Ireland.
2013 76 Years Old On 5 November 2013, one of Aga Khan's horses - Verema - fractured its right fore cannon and was put down at the Melbourne Cup, Australia. … Read More
2014 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Aga Khan IV became the first faith leader to address the Joint Session of the Canadian Parliament on 27 February 2014. … Read More
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