Rohan Marley

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Rohan Marley
CES 2012 - House of Marley (Rohan Marley).jpg
Born Rohan Anthony Marley
(1972-05-19) 19 May 1972 (age 42)
Kingston, Jamaica[1]
Other names The Rat
Alma mater University of Miami
Height 5ft 8 in
Weight 205 lbs

Rohan Anthony Marley (born 19 May 1972) is an entrepreneur and former American football player. He is the son of reggae artist Bob Marley and Janet Hunt. He was born during his father's marriage to Rita, and went to live with her from the age of four[2][3] then lived with Marley's mother after his father died of cancer in Miami in 1981.[4]

A 1991 graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High School,[5] Marley played linebacker for the University of Miami football team, where he played alongside players like Dwayne Johnson and Ray Lewis. In 1993 he led the Hurricanes with 95 tackles.[1] He later played professional football in the Canadian Football League with the now defunct Ottawa Rough Riders.[6]


In 2009, he co-founded Marley Coffee, an organic coffee plantation and "sustainable" farming business in Jamaica's Blue Mountains,[7] although the majority of coffee sourced through Marley Coffee is from Ethiopia. The business is run on a 52-acre estate in Portland Parish.[8] In 2011, Marley Coffee went public under the name Jammin Java Corp (OTC:JAMN).

In January 2012, Marley advertised a new 'House of Marley' range of eco-friendly headphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.[9]

Marley also helps run his family's charitable organization, 1Love, as well as the Tuff Gong Clothing Company.[10]

He made an appearance in the documentary film Motherland.[11]

Personal life[edit]

On 18 March 1993, while a sophomore in college, Marley married his girlfriend Geraldine Khawly. They had a daughter, Eden, and a son, Nicolas, who currently attends Tulane University and is a linebacker on the school's football team[12][13][14]

Marley met musician Lauryn Hill in 1996. They had five children:[15][16] Zion David (b. August 1997); Selah Louise (b. September 1998); Joshua Omaru (b. 2001); John Nesta (b. 2002); and Sarah (b. 2008).[17] Marley and Hill lived apart for most of their relationship, which ended for good in 2009.[18] Marley took temporary custody of their five children while Hill served a three-month prison sentence for tax evasion in 2013.[18]

For years, Hill referred to Marley as her husband, but they never married.[18] Rolling Stone suggested that Marley had never divorced Khawly. However, in 2011, Marley produced a Haitian divorce decree which demonstrated that he had divorced Khawly in 1996.[8]

Marley was briefly engaged to Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana, but the engagement ended in early 2013.[10]


  1. ^ a b Bruce Newman. "Hurricane From The Caribbean". Sports Illustrated. 13 September 1993. Retrieved on 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ Moskowitz, David Vlado (2007). Bob Marley: A Biography. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 94–95. ISBN 0313338795. Retrieved Jan 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bob Marley All His Children & 9 Baby Mommas". 26 July 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ George Vecsey. "Sports of the Times; Sugar Bowl Rocks Early With Strains of Marley". New York Times. 29 December 1992. Retrieved on 15 Jan 2014.
  5. ^ David O'Brien. "This Marley's music has more pop to it". Sun Sentinel. 3 September 1991. 1.C. Retrieved on 8 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Lady Soul". Rolling Stone. 18 February 1999. Retrieved on 8 August 2009.
  7. ^ Marley Coffee Website - Our Story
  8. ^ a b "Exclusive: Rohan Marley Sets the Record Straight". The Avah Taylor Company. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Marley promotes good vibrations", Jamaica Observer, 21 October 2012, retrieved 27 October 2012
  10. ^ a b "Rohan Marley Ends Engagement". 2013-03-05. 
  11. ^ Motherland Film with Rohan Marley
  12. ^ Tulane Green Wave Football  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ Toure (2003-10-30). "The Mystery of Lauryn Hill". Rolling Stone. 
  14. ^ Géraldine KHAWLY
  15. ^ Laura Checkoway. "Inside 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'". Rolling Stone. August
  16. ^ Essence Magazine
  17. ^ Tiffany McGee and Alex Tresniowski (2008-08-18). "Whatever Happened to ... Lauryn Hill?". People Magazine. 
  18. ^ a b c "Rohan Marley will take care of kids when Lauryn goes to jail". The Master Copy. 2013-05-13. 

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