Yasmin Aga Khan

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Yasmin Aga Khan
Spouse Basil Embiricos
(m. 1985, div. 1987)
Christopher Michael Jeffries
(m. 1989, div. 1993)
Issue Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos (1985 - 2011)
House Aga Khan
Father Prince Aly Khan (1911 - 1960)
Mother Rita Hayworth (1918 -1987)
Born (1949-12-28) 28 December 1949 (age 64)
Lausanne, Switzerland

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (born December 28, 1949) is an American philanthropist known for raising public awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

She is the second child of American movie actress and dancer Rita Hayworth, and the third child of Prince Aly Khan, Pakistan's representative to the United Nations from February 1958 until his death in 1960.

Early life[edit]

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Khan's early life was spent with her mother and her half sister, Rebecca Welles Manning (1944-2004) (daughter of Hayworth's marriage to Orson Welles).[1] Her half-brothers are His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and Prince Amyn Aga Khan.[2]

She attended Buxton School (a small boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts[3]) and The International School of Geneva. In 1973 she graduated from Bennington College in the United States and was originally interested in operatic singing.[4]

Philanthropic activities[edit]

Influenced by the death of her mother, for whom she cared for many years, from Alzheimer's disease, Yasmin Aga Khan serves on the Board of Directors, as Vice Chairman, Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Association.[5] She is also the president of Alzheimer Disease International, a National Council Member of the Salk Institute, and a spokesperson for the Boston University School of Medicine, Board of Visitors. She also serves on numerous boards of the Aga Khan Foundation. The 2009 documentary I Remember Better When I Paint features a stirring interview with Yasmin Aga Khan describing how her mother took up painting while struggling with Alzheimer's and produced beautiful works of art.[6]

Marriages and child[edit]

She married her first husband, economist and shipping heir, Basil Embiricos in 1985.[7] He was the younger son of Nicholas Embiricos from Lausanne, Switzerland, from a wealthy and important Greek family of shipowners. Basil Embiricos was an economist active in the family companies. He was educated at Eton and received a degree in economics from Magdalene College of Cambridge University. The couple had only one son, Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos. They were divorced in 1987. Andrew, their only child, died at 25 in an apparent suicide, on December 4, 2011.[8]

She married her second husband, lawyer and real-estate developer, Christopher Michael Jeffries, in 1989.[9] He divorced her in 1993 charging abandonment.[10]


  1. ^ "New York Times". The New York Times. 11 October 1985. 
  2. ^ "New York Social Diary". 
  3. ^ "Theatre Life". 
  4. ^ "Dan's Hamptons". 24 Oct 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Bennington College". 
  6. ^ Rosalia Gitau (March 11, 2010). "Art Therapy for Alzheimer's". HuffingtonPost. 
  7. ^ "Princess Yasmin Aga Khan Engaged to Basil Embiricos". The New York Times. 26 April 1985. 
  8. ^ "Andrew Embiricos, grandson of screen star Rita Hayworth, found dead in his Chelsea apartment". The Daily News. 5 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Princess Yasmin Aga Khan Wed to Christopher Jeffries". The New York Times. 5 February 1989. 
  10. ^ "The New York Times Chronicle". The New York Times. 1 December 1993. 

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