Wednesday, January 25, 2012

jemima khan biography

“I can’t believed we are divorced and I am Imran’ Achilles heel. She added
“May be he has some faults but greed is not among them, unlike many Pakistani politicians”
Jemima said that Imran Khan is famous for his honesty and he never tried to take any financial benefits from his rich wife.

Jemima Marcelle Khan Goldsmith; born 30 January 1974) is a British writer and campaigner. She is the Associate Editor of the New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair. She continues to work as a charity fundraiser, human rights campaigner and contributing writer for British newspapers and magazines. Khan first gained notice in the United Kingdom as a young heiress, the daughter of Lady Annabel and Sir James Goldsmith. She was married to the now retired Pakistani cricketer and current politician Imran Khan in 1995 till their divorce in 2004. For the next three years, from 2004 to 2007, Khan gained worldwide media attention for her romantic relationship with British film star Hugh Grant.

Jemima married Imran Khan, a retired Pakistani cricketer turned politician, on 16 May 1995 in a traditional Islamic ceremony in Paris. The couple later participated in a civil ceremony on 21 June at the Richmond Register Office, which was followed by a midsummer ball at Ormeley Lodge. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Islam a few months before her wedding, citing the writings of Muhammad Asad, Gai Eaton, and Alija Izetbegović as her influences. She also learned to speak Urdu and wore traditional Pakistani clothes. In 2008, she wrote that she "over-conformed in [her] eagerness to be accepted" into the "new and radically different culture" of Pakistan.
In 1999, in an accusation which was no doubt politically motivated,[citation needed] Khan was charged in Pakistan with the non-bailable crime of illegally exporting tiles claimed to be centuries-old antiques of the Islamic era. She stayed with her mother for a year due to fear of incarceration and returned to Pakistan only after the case was dropped following General Pervez Musharraf's military coup. She returned to the UK full-time in September 2003 to study for a Masters degree at SOAS. Her ex-husband has said that they decided to divorce because he never had time for his family owing to his life in Pakistani politics. Their divorce was announced on 22 June 2004.

Born in London's Westminster Hospital as Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith, Khan is the eldest child of Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart and Anglo-French financier Sir James Goldsmith. Her parents started a polyamorous relationship in 1964 while they were married to different partners, but in 1978, they married for the sole purpose of legitimizing their children. She has two younger brothers, Zac and Ben, as well as five paternal and three maternal half-siblings, including Robin and India Jane Birley.
Khan grew up at Ormeley Lodge while attending the Old Vicarage preparatory school and Francis Holland School. Between the ages of ten and seventeen she was an accomplished equestrienne in London. Khan enrolled at the University of Bristol in 1993, but dropped out to get married in 1995. Khan eventually submitted her dissertation in March 2002 gaining a 2:1 bachelor's degree in English. She later completed an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS, University of London, reading Modern Trends in Islam.

In 2004, Khan became involved in a romantic relationship with Hugh Grant. She gained a new level of prominence during the three years she and Grant were partners. A 2005 article in the Evening Standard magazine noted that while "Jemima's profile" was high during her first marriage, it was "soaring since she became involved with Hugh Grant". As he was followed relentlessly by the paparazzi and featured in print and television media worldwide, Khan's relationship with Grant was scrutinized extensively by the tabloids. A survey of visitors to London in 2005 showed that Khan and Grant were the couple with whom a majority of visitors wanted to travel the city. In 2007, Khan accompanied Grant on the red carpet at the London and New York premieres of his movie Music and Lyrics. After three years of the high profile romance, in February 2007, Grant announced that the couple had "decided to split amicably". Grant's spokesman added: "Hugh has nothing but positive things to say about Jemima."
As voted by readers of the Daily Telegraph, she won the Rover People's Award for the best dressed female celebrity at the 2001 British Fashion Awards. Khan was featured on Vanity Fair's Annual International Best-Dressed List in 2004, 2005 and 2007. She attended the Women of Achievement Reception at Buckingham Palace, on 11 March 2004.

Khan is known to be shy, modest, stylish, and levelheaded, with her ex-husband describing her as "very shy".
Khan has two sons from her marriage with Imran Khan, Sulaiman Isa (born 1996) and Kasim (born 1999). Because she wants to have the same last name as her children, she goes by Jemima Khan. On 29 December 2000, Khan and her family were on a British Airways jet to Kenya that was temporarily knocked off course and dived thousands of feet, after a mentally ill  passenger tried to seize controls in the cockpit. Her mother later said, "Jemima was frightened of flying even before the incident; she's petrified [now]".

Khan, like her two brothers, reportedly inherited around £300 million from her late father's £1.2 billion fortune (at 1997 currency rates). In 2010 Khan purchased the country house of Kiddington Hall near Woodstock in Oxfordshire for a reported £15 million, which is now currently under refurbishment. 

Khan was a feature writer and a contributing editor for British Vogue from 2008 to 2011. In 2011 Khan was appointed Vanity Fair’s new European editor-at-large. She was Associate Editor at the Independent newspaper which she left to become Associate editor of the New Statesman in November 2011. Khan has contributed op-eds to England's newspapers and magazines such as The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard and the Observer. In 2008, she was granted an exclusive interview with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on the eve of the elections, for The Independent. She was a Sunday Telegraph columnist from 21 October 2007 to 27 January 2008.

In April 2011, Khan guest-edited the New Statesman and themed the issue around freedom of speech. She interviewed the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and included contributions from Russell Brand, Tim Robbins, Simon Pegg, Oliver Stone, Tony Benn, Julian Assange, and cover art by Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst.

In 2008, she modeled the relaunched Azzaro Couture fragrance and was a guest co-designer of a Spring 2009 collection for Azzaro, with her fee reportedly donated to UNICEF.

Together with John Pilger and Ken Loach, Jemima Khan was among the six people in Westminster Magistrates Court willing to post bail for Julian Assange when he was arrested in London on 7 December 2010. She has campaigned against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as for freedom of information, attending Assange’s extradition hearings and speaking at the Stop the War Coalition's rally in defence of Wikileaks alongside Tony Benn and Tariq Ali.

Diana, Princess of Wales was a close friend of Khan’s, visiting her twice in Lahore, Pakistan the year that she died[citation needed]. Khan holds dual British and Pakistani citizenship.

She sponsors the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, an explicitly subversive award given to the journalist that best “exposes Establishment conduct and its propaganda”.
Khan featured in the new television advertising campaign for The Independent newspaper and reportedly donated her fee to charity.
Khan has campaigned against the use of drones by the CIA in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

"Although I must confess I have rather enjoyed the various depictions of a veiled and miserable "Haiqa Khan" incarcerated in chains, the reality is somewhat different. Contrary to current opinion, my decision to convert to Islam was entirely my own choice and in no way hurried. Whilst the act of conversion itself is surprisingly quick - entailing the simple assertion that "there is only one God and Mohammed is His Prophet" - the preparation is not necessarily so speedy a process. In my case, this began last July, whilst the actual conversion took place in early February - three months before the Nikkah in Paris."

"During that time, I studied in depth both the Quran and the works of various Islamic scholars (Gai Eaton, the Bosnian president Alia Izetbegovic, Muhammad Asad) , thus giving me ample time to reflect before making my decision". 

"Finally, it seems futile to speculate on my chances of marital success. Marriage, as Imran's father has been quoted as saying, is indeed "a gamble". However, when I see that in a society based on family life the divorce rate is just a fraction of that in European or American society, I cannot see that my chances of success are any less than if I had chosen to marry a Westerner. I am all too aware of the enormous task of adapting to a new and radically different culture. But with the love of my husband and the support of his family I look forward to the challenge wholeheartedly, and would like to feel that people wish me well. Whilst I do appreciate the genuine concerns of many, I must confess to feeling somewhat bewildered by all of the commotion".

                                  Khan runs a charitable foundation, the Jemima Khan Foundation.

Jemima Goldsmith said that in 2003 she loaned Imran Khan but he return everything after selling the London’s flat in order to pay for his house outside Islamabad.

With her Brother

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