Ali Khamenei

1989 - present
Still alive
Grand Ayatollah
Seyyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei
سید علی حسینی خامنه
Əli Xameneyi
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Supreme Leader of Iran
Assumed office
4 June 1989
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Mohammad Khatami
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Ruhollah Khomeini
President of Iran
In office
13 October 1981 – 3 August 1989
Prime Minister Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani (Acting)
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini
Preceded by Mohammad-Ali Rajai
Succeeded by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Leader of Islamic Republican Party
In office
15 July 1981 – 15 May 1987
Deputy Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Mohammad-Javad Bahonar
Succeeded by Party dissolved
Personal details
Born Seyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei
(1939-07-17) 17 July 1939 (age 73)
Mashhad, Iran
Political party Combatant Clergy Association
Other political
Islamic Republican Party
Spouse(s) Khojaste Bagherzadeh (1964–present)[1]
Children Mojtaba
Religion Shia Islam

Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه ای‎,Azerbaijani: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای – Seyyid Əli Xameneyi,pronounced [ʔæˈliː hoseiˈniː xɒːmeneˈʔiː] ( listen); born 17 July 1939)[2] is the Supreme Leader of Iran,[3] and a Shia Marja'.[3][4] He had also served as the President of Iran from 1981 to 1989. In 2012, Forbes selected him 21st in the list of 'World's Most Powerful People'.[5]

Holding absolute power in his country, he has been described as one of only three people having "important influence" during the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran.[6][7][8] Khamenei was the victim of an attempted assassination in June 1981 that paralyzed his right arm,[9][10] although so far the biggest challenge to his leadership has been the 2009 Iranian election protests following the 2009 presidential elections[11] during which he strongly supported president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[12]
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