Zera Yacob Amha Selassie

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Zera Yacob Amha Selassie
Crown Prince of Ethiopia
Head of the Imperial House of Ethiopia
Time 17 February 1997 – Present
Predecessor Amha Selassie
Heir-Presumptive Prince Wossen Seged, Duke of Harar
Spouse Nunu Getaneh (divorced)
Issue Princess Lideta
Dynasty Solomonic dynasty
Father Amha Selassie of Ethiopia
Mother Medferiashwork Abebe
Born (1953-08-17) 17 August 1953 (age 60)
Addis Ababa
Religion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo
Imperial Family of Ethiopia
Imperial coat of arms of Ethiopia (Haile Selassie).svg

HIH The Crown Prince

  • HIH Princess Lideta Zera Yacob

HIH Princess Ijigayehu

  • HIH Prince Samson Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Prince Bekere Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Donna Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Prince Yisehaq Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Rahel Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Aster Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Meheret Fikre Selassie

HIH Princess Maryam Senna
HIH Princess Sehin Azebe
HIH Princess Sifrash Bizu


Zera Yacob Amha Selassie, Crown Prince of Ethiopia (Ge'ez ዘርአ ያዕቆብ አምሃ ሥላሴ; born 17 August 1953) is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie and son of Emperor-in-Exile Amha Selassie of Ethiopia. He has been Head of the Imperial House of Ethiopia since 17 February 1997 and is currently recognized as such by the Crown Council of Ethiopia. However, there is a rival claimant in the form of Girma Yohannis Iyasu, the great-grandson of uncrowned Iyasu V.

Biography[edit]

He attended Eton College and graduated from Exeter College, Oxford. He was named "Acting Crown Prince" and Heir Presumptive to the Imperial throne of Ethiopia in 1974 by his grandfather, Emperor Haile Selassie, following his father's severe stroke a year earlier.

Following the fall of the Ethiopian monarchy, Prince Zera Yacob completed his studies at Oxford in the mid-seventies and went on to work briefly as a banker in the United States. He then returned to London to be closer to his parents. He was married and had a daughter, Princess Lideta Zera Yacob, but was subsequently divorced from his wife. He briefly accompanied his father Amha Selassie when he moved to Virginia in the US in 1989, but later returned to England and resided for a time in Manchester. He was named Heir Apparent by his father Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen, when the Crown Prince assumed the title of Emperor-in-Exile in April 1989.

Crown Prince Zera Yacob has been regarded as head of the Imperial Family of Ethiopia since the death of his father on 17 February 1997. He is currently living in Addis Ababa.

Patronages[edit]

  • Executive Director of the Ethiopian Peace Foundation (EPF) since 2002.

Charity[edit]

Prince Zera Yacob is the sovereign of the Imperial Ethiopian Order of Saint Mary of Zion and bestows awards to individuals for their outstanding service of assistance to the people of Ethiopia.

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

  • Jubilee Medal (1955).[1]
  • Jubilee Medal (1966).[1]

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