Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

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Yasmin Aga Khan
Yasmin Aga Khan (center) with Margo Catsimatidis and Rodolfo Valentin.jpg
Yasmin Aga Khan (center) with Margo Catsimatidis and Rodolfo Valentin at the Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala
Born (1949-12-28) December 28, 1949 (age 68)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Basil Embiricos
(m. 1985; div. 1987)

Christopher Michael Jeffries
(m. 1989; div. 1993)
IssueAndrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos
HouseAga Khan
FatherPrince Aly Khan
MotherRita Hayworth

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 spent her early life with her mother and her maternal 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,[3] a small boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts,[4] and the International School of Geneva. In 1973, she graduated from Bennington College[5][3] in the United States and was originally interested in opera 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]

Personal life[edit]

She married her first husband, Basil Embiricos, in 1985.[3] He was the younger son of Nicholas Embiricos from Lausanne, Switzerland, from a wealthy and important Greek family of shipowners and a close friend of Christina Onassis. Basil Embiricos was an economist active in the family companies. He was educated at Eton and received a degree in economics from Magdalene College, Cambridge. The couple had a son, Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos. The Princess and Embiricos were divorced in 1987. Andrew died in his Chelsea, Manhattan apartment on December 4, 2011. He was 25.[7]

She married her second husband, Christopher Michael Jeffries, in 1989.[8] Jeffries, a lawyer and real estate developer, divorced her in 1993, charging abandonment.[9]


  1. ^ "OBITUARY: Orson Welles is Dead at 70; Innovator of Film and Stage". The New York Times. October 11, 1985.
  2. ^ Columbia, David Patrick (10 September 2007). "The Party that once was". New York Social Diary.
  3. ^ a b c "Princess Yasmin Aga Khan Engaged to Basil Embiricos". The New York Times. April 26, 1985.
  4. ^ a b Gordin & Christiano. "Interviews: Princess Yasmin Aga Khan". Originally published in Dan's Papers. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Selection of Notable Alumni: Government / Public Service". Bennington College. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Gitau, Rosalia (March 11, 2010). "Art Therapy for Alzheimer's". Huffington Post.
  7. ^ "Andrew Embiricos, grandson of screen star Rita Hayworth, found dead in his Chelsea apartment". Daily News. Manhattan, New York. December 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "Princess Yasmin Aga Khan Wed to Christopher Jeffries". The New York Times. February 5, 1989.
  9. ^ Brozan, Nadine (December 1, 1993). "Chronicle". The New York Times.

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