Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei Quick Facts

Father: Ayatollah Sayyid Javad Husaini Khamenei

Mother: Name not publicly available

Wedding: Married in 1964

Children: Mostafa, Mojtaba, Masood, Maysam, Hoda and Boshra

Education: Studied under the future Ayatollah Khomeini at the Islamic Seminary in Qom, Iran.

Religion: IslamicShia Muslim

Other facts

Also known as Supreme Leader.


1962- Together with Khomeini, he begins his participation in protests, speaking out against the policies of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

1977Together with other clerics, he forms the Association of Combat Clerics, which becomes the Islamic Republic Party.

1980-1987General Secretary and member of the Central Command of the Islamic Republic Party.

June 1981 – Injured when a tape recorder bomb exploded at a press conference.

October 13, 1981 – August 3, 1989 – Iranian President.

March 1985 – Survive when a suicide bomb explodes nearby.

June 4, 1989 – present – Temporarily elected Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran after Khomeini’s death.

July 28, 1989 – A referendum makes his election official, and a group of religious leaders later confirms his election as supreme leader.

May 2011 – Khamenei becomes involved in a public power struggle with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
February 2012 – Makes a statement that Iran will support any nation or group fighting against Israel.
March 2012 – Responds to voltage associated with Iran’s nuclear program and welcomes US President Barack ObamaComment that it is “in the interests of the United States, Israel and the whole world” for a peaceful resolution of the nuclear crisis in Iran.

March 2012 – Khamenei’s allies win about 75% of seats in parliamentary elections against Ahmadinejad’s rival opposition movement.

March 21, 2013 – Khamenei on TV threatens Tel Aviv and Haifa, declaring “Sometimes officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion, but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake, the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”
January 2015 – Khamenei publishes open letter on his website, directed at Western youth, asking them not to judge Islam based on Attacks in Charlie Hebdo magazine.
October 21, 2015 – Khamenei conditionally approves nuclear deal signed between his country and six world powers in July.

January 9, 2018 – Speaking of the anniversary of the Iranian revolution that began in 1978, Khamenei says Iranians have a right to protest. But he also blames the United States and Israel for the recent civil unrest.

August 13, 2018 – In a speech posted on his website, Khamenei says “there will be no war and we will not negotiate with the United States.” after Trump The administration’s first wave of sanctions were renewed against Iran after the United States announced its Withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May. Khamenei seems to contradict Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who had previously said that Iran was willing to negotiate with the United States to resolve the issue, which Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton described as possible “propaganda”.
June 24, 2019 – Trump announced new sanctions against Iran in part in response to the downing of a US drone. with punitive measures set against Khamenei, military officials and a senior Iranian diplomat.
January 5, 2020 – After the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani during a US drone strike in Baghdad, Khamenei’s military adviser Hassan Dehghan says his country “The answer will most certainly be military and against military installations.”
January 17, 2020 – For the first time in eight years Khamenei leads Friday prayers in Tehran, calling US officials “American clowns” in his defiant sermon.
November 28, 2020 – The day after the apparent assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Khamenei vows to avenge his assassination. Iran has blamed Israel for the attack and said the operation bore the hallmarks of the Israeli foreign intelligence agency Mossad.
January 8, 2021 – Khamenei bans imports COVID-19 vaccines from the US and UK to Iran. In an appearance on state television, he called vaccines unreliable.
June 19, 2021 Khamenei’s close ally Ebrahim Raisi wins the presidential election. The election of a hard-line judiciary with a brutal human rights record is fueling speculation that he is being groomed to one day succeed Khamenei. The overall voter turnout is 48.8%, the lowest since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
June 25, 2021 – Iranian State Television reports that Khamenei received the first dose of an Iranian-developed vaccine against Covid-19. known as the CovIran Barekat vaccine. According to Iranian authorities, it was approved for use in mid-June.
March 1, 2022 – In Khamenei’s televised address accuses US in unleashing the conflict in Ukraine, comparing the US government with a “mafia regime”.