Ali Velshi is a famous Canadian television journalist who is working for NBC News as a senior economic and business correspondent. He is better known for the show on MSNBC named Velshi & Ruhle where he has been serving as a co-anchor with Stephanie Ruhle. He has experience of working at CNN which include his job as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, co-host of World Business Today and an anchor of CNN’s Your Money. Describing Ali Velshi’s religion, he is an Ismaili Muslim where his family comes from Gujarati Indian descent. Let’s explore in detail about Velshi’s wiki below:
Early Life and Education
Ali was born in Nairobi, Kenya on October 29, 1969, which makes his age be 48 years old as of now. He was born to the parents named Mila (mother) and Murad Velshi (father). His father is the first politician from the Indian origin who was elected at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Similarly, his mother grew up in South Africa. Talking about his education, Ali attended Toronto’s Northern Secondary School. He was a brilliant and active child for which he was elected as school president. Being keen in religion, he took religious studies as his subject at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He completed his degree in 1994.
Ali was interested in politics from his early days being influenced by his father. During his University days, he used to protest against Canada’s Reform Party and Canadian politician Preston Manning. He received the Queen’s University Alumni Achievement Award in 2010. He gained Honorary Doctorate of Laws by his Alma Mater in 2016.
Career and Professional Life
After two years of earning a degree from the Queen’s University, Ali received a fellowship from the American Political Science Association. He worked with Lee H. Hamilton who is a former member of the United States House of Representatives. He started his journalism career as a reporter working for CFTO. Earlier he was recruited as a General Assignment reporter but later he was made a business reporter. His personality and professionalism influenced his superiors to make him anchor for CablePulse 24. He also started serving at the CityTV. He joined BNN – Business News Network which was named Business Television those days in 1996. As a host, Ali used to appear in Canada’s first prime-time business news hour entitled The Business News.
In September 2001, Ali joined CNNfn in New York City for which he had to move to the United States. Being with the business news channel, he served as an anchor for the programs like Business Unusual, Street Sweep, Insights and Your Money. He and Pat Kiernan were the co-hosts for The Money Gang. Ali was reassigned to main CNN network as a business anchor. He also hosted The Turnaround which was a reality television show for which Ali traveled to several corners of America. Ali was later assigned to The Situation Room in 2005 which was newly launched program. He became the business correspondent for the American Morning as well.
Ali Velshi used to appear frequently on shows like American Morning and Anderson Cooper’s Anderson Cooper 360° during the financial crisis in 2008. Velshi has always supported and defended the Muslim community’s right and regularly acknowledges when the discussion comes about the Islam. It was officially announced that Ali was about to leave CNN and would be joining Al Jazeera America on April 4, 2013. He hosted a 30-minute prime time program named Real Money with Ali Velshi. Al Jazeera was a new channel at that time for which Ali became the first on-air personality employed by the network. His show was launched on August 20, 2013, and was re-launched as Ali Velshi on Target on May 12, 2015. As Al Jazeera America shut down, it was the end of Ali Velshi’s show. Velshi joined MSNBC in 2016 and was assigned additional duties for NBC News as Chief Business Correspondent.
Television journalist Velshi is also an author where his book entitled “Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis” was appreciated by the viewers. It was published on January 2, 2009. Ali and his friend Christine Romans co-authored a book named “How to Speak Money: The Language & Knowledge You Need Now.”
Ali Velshi is already married twice. It is said that he was first married at the age of 20’s but no information about his first wife is available. Ali is currently married to Lori Wachs who is better known for hedge-fund manager by profession. She is also the President of Cross Ledge Investments. The couple first met when Lori Wachs appeared in his show as a guest. They are living a happy conjugal life since 2009.
The Canadian television journalist Ali has a height of 5 feet 9 inches or 1.75m. Other body measurement details like his weight, shoe size, etc. are not available.
Salary and Net worth
The senior economic and business correspondent Ali Velshi has an estimated net worth of 5 million USD. He receives a jaw-dropping remuneration from the television networks for his job. Ali’s net worth is highly contributed from his earlier assignment to CNN and Al Jazeera and even from his authored books.
Wiki and Facts
Ali is active on social networking sites where his Twitter profile is reachable @AliVelshi being followed by more than 331k followers as of now. Join him on Instagram @alivelshi where he has amassed more than 6k followers. More than 145k followers are following him on his Facebook profile @AliVelshi. Ali Velshi’s email address is not provided but one can visit his website for contact.