Yasmin Aga Khan
|Yasmin Aga Khan|
28 December 1949 |
(m. 1985, div. 1987)
Christopher Michael Jeffries
(m. 1989, div. 1993)
|Father||Prince Aly Khan (1911–1960)|
|Mother||Rita Hayworth (1918–1987)|
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.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Khan spent her early life with her mother and her half-sister, Rebecca Welles Manning (1944-2004), daughter of Hayworth's marriage to Orson Welles. Her half brothers are His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and Prince Amyn Aga Khan.
She attended Buxton School, a small boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the International School of Geneva. In 1973, she graduated from Bennington College in the United States and was originally interested in opera singing.
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. 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.
She married her first husband, Basil Embiricos, in 1985. 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.
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