Asma al-Assad

Investment Banker; First Lady of Syria
Born Aug 11, 1975
Age 39
Religion Sunni Islam
Nationality Syrian, British
Other Names Akhras, Asma al-

Asma al-Assad; born 11 August 1975; née Asma al-Akhras, is the British-born First Lady of Syria. She moved to Syria to marry President Bashar al-Assad in December 2000, having previously pursued a career in investment banking.

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Asma al-Assad
Asma al-Assad
Age 39


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  • Syrian First Lady Visits Elementary School - Jan 09, 2014
  • Syria First Lady Pledges To Stand By Husband
    Yahoo News - Oct 15, 2013
  • Syrian Dictator Bashar Al Assad's Instagram Account Makes Him Look Like Mother Teresa
    Business Insider - Sep 21, 2013
  • How Assad Wooed The American Right, And Won The Syria Propaganda War
    Foreign Policy - Sep 10, 2013


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1975 Birth Born on August 11, 1975.


1996 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She was born to Syrian-born parents, raised and educated in the United Kingdom, and graduated from King's College London in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in computer science and French literature.
1998 22 Years Old After graduating, she started work as an economics analyst at Deutsche Bank Group in the hedge fund management division with clients in Europe and East Asia. In 1998 she joined the investment banking division of J.P. Morgan where she worked on a team that specialized in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
2000 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Asma Akhras met Bashar al-Assad, the future president of Syria, while he was studying ophthalmology in London. After Syrian President Hafez al-Assad's death in June 2000, Bashar took over the presidency. Asma moved to Syria in November 2000 and married Bashar in December of that year.


A serious blow was dealt to her public image since the Syrian Civil War intensified in early 2012 amid reports of her extravagant personal shopping. … Read More
2013 37 Years Old 1 More Event
She made a public appearance at the Damascus Opera House for an event called "Mother's Rally" on 18 March 2013, refuting the rumours.
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