Habibollah Asgaroladi

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Habibollah Asgaroladi
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Asgaroladi in 1960
Leader of ICP
In office
12 January 1998 – 11 January 2008
Deputy Mohammad Mehdi Habibi
Preceded by Akbar Parvaresh
Succeeded by Mohammad Mehdi Habibi
Minister of Commerce
In office
3 November 1980 – 12 July 1984
Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar
Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Kazam Pour-Ardabili
Succeeded by Hossein Abedi Jafari
Member of Parliament of Iran
In office
5 May 1980 – 3 November 1980
Constituency Tehran
Personal details
Born (1932-01-03)3 January 1932
Tehran, Iran
Died 5 November 2013(2013-11-05) (aged 81)
Tehran, Iran
Political party Islamic Coalition Party
Religion Shia Islam

Habibollah Asgaroladi Mosalman (Persian: حبيب الله عسگر اولادی مسلمان‎‎; 3 January 1932 – 5 November 2013) was an Iranian politician who was leader of Islamic Coalition Party, a highly influential conservative political party in Iran.[1] He was also two times presidential candidate, first in July 1981 and next in 1985 which ranked last in both.

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Asgaroladi was born to a merchant family. His ancestors were Jews who converted to Shia islam[2][3][4][5][6] Asgaroladi is a senior member of Iran's Expediency Council. He spent many years at the forefront of the Iranian cabinet, serving as both secretary of state for social security, minister for trade and commerce as well as heading up the Homeland Security Agency and intelligence services in Iran. He ran in the 1981 and 1985 presidential elections.[1] An attempt was made on his life in a failed assassination attempt in 1981.[7] Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, he has been president of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, the largest social welfare branch of the government in Iran. Some unofficial reports include him amongst the wealthiest individuals in Iran with a net worth of several billion dollars. Several members of the Asgaroladi family have been featured in the Fortune 500 ("Millionaire Mullahs" article), with Asadollah Asgaroladi possessing an estimated wealth of over USD $9 billion.[8]

Asgaroladi published his autobiography in 2012 and was presented with an award by Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian Parliament. He died on 5 November 2013 in Tehran's Dey Hospital after was hospitalized for more than two months.[9][10]

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