A Portrait of World Power The 65 Leaders Who Shape and Rule the World Today From November 1997 issue of Vanity Fair
Prince Karim Aga Khan
Photographed by Helmut Newton in Chantilly, France on August 9, 1997
Born, Geneva, Switzerland, the elder son of Prince Aly Khan. Educated at Le Rosey; B.A, Harvard, 1959, Divorced; three children.
The title of Aga Khan ("great chief") is held by the spiritural leader, or Imam, of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan, 60, assumed the title after his grandfather's death, while a student at Harvard.
A direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, as Imam the Aga Khan is responsible for both the spirtual and material well-being of a diaspora of 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims in 25 countries.
He is a horse breeder, newspaper proprietor, yachtsman, developer, financier, and philanthropist of almost unparalleled scope.
His followers traditionally contribute a portion of their incomes to the treasury. The money is invested and allocated to health, education, and cultural projects worldwide. His Imamate is regarded as perhaps the most successful ever.
As a devout Muslim, he neither drinks nor smokes.
In this special 58-page report by Vanity Fair, the 65 men and women who shape and rule the world today include President Clinton, Bill Gates, Gianni Agnelli, Pope John Paul, Queen Elizabeth, King Juan Carlos of Spain, George Soros, Alan Greenspan, Rupert Murdock, Nelson Mandela, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Andrew Grove.
The Muslim influencers include His Highness the Aga Khan IV, His Majesty Sultan Haji or Brunei, His Majesty Fahd ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, Hosni Mubarak, Yasser Arafat, Hafez Al-Assad President of Syria and Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam.
Who is the Aga Khan? Feature article in Metropolis Magazine
Islamic Revelations more at Metropolis Magazine
His Highness the Aga Khan Honored by WMF's famous Hadrian Award
His Highness Aga Khan's Speech at the Hadrian Award Presentation
David Rockefeller Speech at Hadrian Award Ceremony
Lord Rothschild's Message to His Highness Aga Khan
Cyrus Vance's Remarks
Michel David-Weil's Address
Article in Nation Newspaper
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