Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

At a Glance
  • Grand Ayatollah, Iran
  • Age: 74
  • Residence: Tehran, Iran
  • Country of Citizenship: Iran
Forbes Lists
  • #26 in 2011

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Khamenei is the America-hating, nuke-hungry country's top decision maker. Soon he gets to anoint the successor of controversial President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who hits a term limit in June. 2012 HIGHLIGHT: Acquitted Christian pastor ­Youcef Nadarkhani, who faced execution for apostasy.

Latest News
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  • Iran President's Cabinet Shows Dual Policy Track

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    since dying “imperial storm troopers,” encased in full body carapaces, looked like so many bugs). Not only would George Lucas put “war” back into a movie title, he would almost single-handedly reconstitute war play as a feel-good activity for children. With [...] more>>

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