Imran Khan has recently joined the league of politicians from around the world that are making headlines for their abrasive personality and untypical governance technique. The Pakistani prime minister has particularly been gaining massive public/media attention for his numerous promises of deliverance for the ordinary Pakistanis and his actions regarding the longstanding Pakistan-Indian conflict over Kashmir. Read on to find out all there is to know about the Pakistani leader, his life before politics, and how much wealth he has been able to accumulate for himself so far.
Who is Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan?
Imran Khan is a Pakistani politician who became the Prime Minister of the country in August 2018. He is also the founder and national leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Aside from politics, the politician is also a philanthropist, writer, and former professional cricketer.
He was born as Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi on October 5, 1952, to Ikramullah Khan Niazi and Shaukat Khanum. Imran is the only son of his parents’ five children. He is of the Niazi tribe and Pashtun ethnicity of Pakistan.
Growing up, Imran Khan enjoyed considerable affluence and good education. He initially studied at the Aitchison College and Cathedral School in his home country, before proceeding to England. There, he completed his high school education at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester. Khan thereafter enrolled at the Keble College in Oxford, earning a PPE Degree in 1975.
Imran Khan’s Political Career
Imran Khan joined politics in 1996 after forming the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. Following this, he unsuccessfully attempted to gain a seat at the Pakistan National Assembly for the constituencies – NA-53, Mianwali and NA-94, Lahore in 1997. He, however, later won the NA-71, Mianwali-I Constituency seat in 2002, holding the position until 2007 when he, alongside 85 other parliamentarians, resigned from the country’s National Assembly. Following this, Khan took a hiatus from formal politics, only engaging in activism and several protests against the ruling government.
In 2013, Khan returned to politics, winning the NA-56, Rawalpindi-VII Constituency seat. During his tenure, Khan also served as the parliamentary opposition leader under the PTI, spearheading various protests against the ruling party. At the 2018 parliamentary Elections, Imran once again won the seat for Mianwali-I Constituency, assuming duties on the 13th of August, 2018.
Few days after this, Imran Khan became elected Prime Minister after securing a majority of the votes in the house. On assuming office on the 18th of August, 2018, he became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Prior to joining politics, Imran Khan had a celebrated and decorated cricket career. He started playing cricket as a teenager at the age of 13, excelling in the sports while schooling at the Royal Grammar School Worcester. On finishing high school, Khan joined the Pakistan National Cricket Team in 1971 at the age of 18. He later rose to become the team’s captain in 1982, intermittently serving in that role until 1992 when he retired from professional cricket.
Throughout his career, Imran remained one of Pakistan’s best cricket players. Among his notable achievements as a cricketer is leading the Pakistan national team to their first Cricket World Cup win in 1992. He also retired as one of eight cricketers in the world to have achieved an ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ in Test matches. Khan later became a cricket coach for a local Pakistan club in 2003. In 2010, he became an ICC Cricket Hall of Fame inductee.
As a writer, Khan has so far authored five non-fiction books. He also co-authored his autobiography with Patrick Murphy. In addition to his books, Khan writes editorials on several Pakistani news publications covering issues on politics and cricket.
Moreover, the former cricketer has been a popular philanthropist in his home country. Of all his numerous charity works, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust which he founded in 1991 in memory of his mother remains the most prominent. Through the trust, Khan raised funds and built the first-ever cancer hospital in Pakistan in 1994 – the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Lahore.
Other notable positions Imran Khan has occupied include serving as the University of Bradford’s chancellor from 2005 to 2014. Khan is also an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He received the fellowship in 2012.
How Much Is Imran Khan’s Net Worth?
Imran Khan has an estimated net worth of ₨1.4 billion, an approximate equivalent of $9.9 million as of 2017. The Pakistani politician started amassing his enormous wealth right from his days as a celebrated cricketer and it is no surprise to find out that he did not hold back in splashing out on his home, a ₨750 million (US$5.3 million) mansion in Bani Gala, Islamabad, Pakistan.
While his salary as a politician is not known, Khan today makes some money from the various investments he had made, specifically in the real estate and agricultural sectors.