How much is Khaled Hosseini worth?
|Net Worth:||$5 Million
|Date of Birth:||March 4, 1965|
About Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini (خالد حسینی ) was born on March 4, 1965 and is an Afghan-American novelist, physician, activist, humanitarian, and UNHCR goodwill ambassador with an estimated net worth of $5 million. Khaled Hosseini grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan. He lived in Afghanistan until 1976, when his father, who was a diplomat with the Afghan foreign service, was moved to Paris, France for his job. After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1980, the Hosseini family sought political asylum in the United States. They moved to California, where Hosseini attended high school and college. Hosseini has one younger brother.
Because of the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan in 1980, the family sought political asylum from the United States and ultimately settled in San Jose, Calif. Hosseini graduated from high school in San Jose and went on to earn a degree in biology from Santa Clara University in 1988. He then entered the University of California, San Diego, medical school and earned his medical degree there in 1993.
Hosseini practiced medicine for a decade, until publishing The Kite Runner in 2003 and receiving international
Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, in 2001 while working as a doctor. The Kite Runner was published in 2003 and became an international bestseller. Hosseini published his second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, in 2007. His third book, And the Mountains Echoed, is set to come out in May 2013. Hosseini’s books are known for portraying life in Afghanistan and for helping people become more familiar with the history and plight of the Afghan people. His books have spent more than 170 weeks on bestsellers lists.
The Kite Runner is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of an unlikely friendship between an affluent boy and the son of his father’s servant. Critics heralded the novel for its elegant style and poignant moments. Hosseini drew on his Afghanistan homeland as the setting for a country that is both beautiful and doomed to destruction. It is about the power of reading and the consequences of betrayal. Through it all is the hope of redemption and the powerful bonds that exist between all fathers and their sons. For Americans, the novel offered a rare glimpse into a culture they know little about.
A movie adaptation of The Kite Runner was released in 2007, but it was not as popular as the book. The rights to make a film of A Thousand Splendid Suns were acquired, but there is currently nothing in the works.
Hosseini’s second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was published in May of 2007, and it is currently available in 60 countries. Khaled has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation Hosseini got the idea for the foundation on a trip to Afghanistan in 2007 with the UNHCR.
The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. It supports projects that provide shelter to refugee families and economic and education opportunities and healthcare for women and children. In addition, the foundation awards scholarships to women pursuing higher education in Afghanistan. Helping advance the rights of women has been a goal of Hossein’s foundation.
Some of the recent projects include:
- Funding for 80 UNHCR shelters for 480 people in 2010.
- Completion of 102 UNHCR shelters providing benefit to 612 people.
- Providing scholarships to students attending the University of California Berkeley who entered the United States under adverse circumstances.
- A scholarship to the American University of Afghanistan to assist an Afghan woman seeking a higher education.
- Education initiatives such as supporting teachers and classroom building; the distribution of seeds and fertilizer to farmers increasing their production; the implementation of the Aschiana program in Kabul to benefit and educate street children.
- The foundation provided funding to Afghan Friends Network. The funds were allocated to the Khurasan Learning Center at Qalai Qadam and allowed on average, 230 girls from grades 9 through 12 to receive education from April 2009 to March 2010.
- In 2010, Hosseini’s Foundation continued its support of the Afghan Friends Network by providing funds for the Girl’s Khurasan Learning Center in Qalai Qadam. Additionally, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation provided support for the new Boy’s Khurasan Learning Center located near the City Center in Afghanistan. The grant provided support from June 2010 to June 2011 allowing 400 girls and 250 boys to receive education in science, math, English and college preparatory courses.
Hosseini was naturalized as an American citizen in 1993, the same year he earned his medical degree. In 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services named Hosseini an Outstanding American by Choice in recognition of his literary and humanitarian achievements.
Khaled Hosseini started a foundation to benefit the Afghan people after visiting the country in 2007 with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Khaled Hosseini Foundation “supports projects which provide shelter to refugee families and economic and education opportunities and healthcare for women and children. In addition, the Foundation awards scholarships to women pursuing higher education in Afghanistan” (according to the Foundation Website).
In 2018, Hosseini published Sea Prayer which is an illustrated short story inspired by the death of Alan Kurdi, a three year old refugee who drowned when trying to reach Europe from Syria.
Hosseini has a wife and two children and lives in California. As of 2023, Khaled Hosseini’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.