Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva

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Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva
Лола Каримова-Тилляева
Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan in UNESCO
In office
2008 – present
Personal details
Born (1978-07-03) 3 July 1978 (age 36)
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Spouse(s) Timur Tillyaev
Alma mater University of World Economy and Diplomacy

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva (born July 3, 1978) is an Uzbek diplomat and philanthropist. She is the younger daughter of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov and his second wife, Tatyana Akbarovna Karimova. Her older sister is Uzbek diplomat and business mogul Gulnara Karimova.

Personal life[edit]

Karimova-Tillyaeva earned bachelor's and master's degrees in International Law from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, and later received a doctorate degree in Psychology from Tashkent State University.[1] In January 2008 she was appointed to her current role as Uzbekistan's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. She is married to businessman Timur Tillyaev and they have three children: two daughters and a son (Mariam, Safia and Umar).

In July 2013, various media outlets reported that Karimova-Tillyaeva had purchased a home in Beverly Hills.[2][3]

In an interview with the BBC Uzbek Service in 2013, Karimova-Tillyaeva stated that she had not been in contact with her sister Gulnara for 12 years and that "There are no family or friendly relations between us…We are completely different people."[4][5]


She runs two charitable organizations in Uzbekistan which help orphanages as well as disabled children. She set up the National centre for the social adaptation of children in 2004 to provide medical and counselling support to children with special needs. Her first charitable organization "You are not alone" was set up in 2002 to improve the situation in the country's orphanages, protect the rights of orphaned children, providing them with better opportunities for getting comprehensive education.[6]

Business activities and net worth[edit]

Media reports claim that Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva is a business mogul and that her commercial enterprises include Abu Sahiy Nur, a company that controls imports of Chinese goods and boasts a daily turnover of at least $250,000.[7] However recent reports suggested that the Abu Sahiy transport and import company, a profitable market leader in Uzbekistan, is run by Lola's husband Timur Tillyaev.

In her interview with the BBC, Karimova-Tillyaeva said that her husband has a share in a trade and transport company and that Timur Tillyaev has never been involved in public tenders, been associated with national resource industries like gas or cotton, and does not enjoy tax exemptions or monopoly status.

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva owns property in Switzerland and made Bilan magazine's list of Switzerland's 300 richest residents.[8]

The Tillyaev family launched a complaint against Bilan magazine in 2011, after it included them onto the list of Switzerland’s 300 richest residents and reported that the Karimova sisters’ combined fortune totaled $1 billion.[9][10]

In her interview with the BBC published in September 2013, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said she was surprised to see the 2011 figures published by Bilan regarding her wealth. She said that the figures suggested by the press were "far from reality".[11]

In an annual list of Switzerland's wealthiest residents published by Bilan in November 2013, the assets of Timur Tillyaev and Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva were estimated between 100 and 200 million dollars. The same figures were mentioned by Bilan in 2014 as well.


  1. ^ "Lola Karimova Biography". Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva Official website. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  2. ^ "A mega-mansion fit for the daughter of a Central Asian dictator: Glamorous offspring of Uzbek leader buys $58m Beverly Hills pad". Daily Mail (London). 
  3. ^ Daily News (New York)  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Chris Irvine (2013-09-26). "Uzbekistan president's daughter distances herself from father". Asia/Uzbekistan (London). Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  5. ^ Jonathan DeHart (2013-09-27). "Inside Uzbekistan’s First Family Feud". Asia Life (Asia-Pacific region). Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva Official website". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  8. ^ Katherin Machalek (2012-09-03). "Corruptistan". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  9. ^ Charles Dameron (2015-02-16). "Karimova Sisters Said Down $200 Million". Radio Liberty. Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  10. ^ Unknown (2015-01-01). "Biography Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva". Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  11. ^ Johannes Dell, Jenny Norton (2013-09-26). "Uzbekistan's Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva reveals rift in first family". BBC News Asia. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 

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