Fareed Zakaria Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Family, Wife, CNN, Salary, and Net Worth

Fareed Zakaria is an Indian-American Journalist, Political Commentator, and Author working for CNN as the host of Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Fareed Zakaria Profile

Fareed Zakaria is an Indian-American Journalist, Political Commentator, and Author working for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia as a host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” a domestic and international affairs program that airs Sundays on CNN/U.S. and all over the globe on CNN International. He also works as a columnist for The Washington Post.

Fareed Zakaria Education

Zakaria graduated from the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai and then attended Yale University. He graduated from the university in the year 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts. During his stint there, he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Political Monthly and the president of the Yale Political Union. He also served as a member of the Party of the Right and the Scroll and Key Society.

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Fareed Zakaria

Upon graduation, he enrolled at Harvard University, where, in the year 1993, he obtained a Ph.D. in government. There he studied under Stanley Hoffmann and Samuel P. Huntington, as well as Robert Keohane (international relations theorist). Zakaria also holds honorary degrees from Oberlin College, Brown, the University of Miami, and other educational institutions.

Fareed Zakaria Career

Zakaria serves at CNN as a host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” a domestic and international affairs program that airs Sundays on CNN/U.S. and all over the globe on CNN International. He also works as a columnist for The Washington Post.

Zakaria also serves as a contributor to his thoughtful analysis of world events and public affairs to quarterly CNN/TIME magazine specials, CNN.com, and many other programs across CNN global-wide. For one decade (2000-2010), Zakaria worked as an editor for Newsweek International and as a columnist for Newsweek. Before working at Newsweek, he served as a managing editor of a leading journal of international economics and politics, “Foreign Affairs.”

Zakaria has worked for ABC News as an analyst. He has also served as a host of Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria on PBS and has been a roundtable member of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” the ABC News political affairs program. 

Quick Facts About Zakaria

Age60 years old as of 2024
NationalityIndian-American
SpouseNot Available
Net Worth$1 Million – $5 Million

Throughout his career, he has earned multiple awards and been named to a variety of lists, such as Newsweek magazine’s “Power 50” list of the most influential political figures of 2010 and Foreign Policy magazine’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” On October 21, 2010, his article, “How to Restore the American Dream,” was featured by “TIME”. He was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award for this special in the year 2012. He was named “One of the 21 Most Important People of the 21st Century” by Esquire magazine in the year 1999.

Fareed Zakaria GPS

Zakaria works as the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” a domestic and international affairs program that airs Sundays on CNN/U.S. and all over the globe on CNN International. He began hosting Fareed Zakaria GPS special on CNN in October 2010.

His first-ever primetime on the program was “Restoring the American Dream”, which featured exclusive interviews with 4 global CEOs and offered rare insights into the international economic crisis. His other specials on the show include “India at a Crossroads” in 2013 and “The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work” in 2012.

Zakaria has interviewed key figures in politics including former U.S. president Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, ing Abdullah II, former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, World Bank president Robert Zoellick, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to list a few.

Fareed Zakaria Age / How old is Fareed Zakaria?

Zakaria is 60 years old as of 2024. He was born on January 20, 1964, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He celebrates his birthday on the 20th of January every year.

Fareed Zakaria Height

How tall is Fareed Zakaria? Zakaria stands at the height of approximately 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)

Fareed Zakaria Family

Zakaria grew up in a Konkani Muslim family with his loving parents, Rafiq Zakaria (father) and Fatima Zakaria (mother). His dad was born in 1920 and died in 2005, and was an Islamic theologian. He was a politician associated with the Indian National Congress. His mom was born in 1936 and died in 2021 and was for a time the editor of the Sunday Times of India. Fatima was Rafiq’s second wife.

Fareed Zakaria Siblings

Zakaria was raised alongside his 2 siblings, Tasneem Zakaria Mehta (his sister) and Arshad Zakaria (his brother).

Fareed Zakaria Wife, Ex-wife

Zakaria is neither married nor engaged to anyone at the moment. Previously, he was married to a jewelry designer, Paula Throckmorton. They married in the year 1997 and divorced in July 2018.

Fareed Zakaria Children/Kids

Zakaria and his ex-wife, Paula Throckmorton, are the parents of their 3 children; Lila Zakaria (daughter), Omar Zakaria (son), and Sofia Zakaria (daughter). Zakaria is a self-described secular and nonpracticing Muslim whereas Paula is a Christian. However, the children have not been raised as Muslims.

Fareed Zakaria Salary

Being one of the top journalists for CNN, he earns an annual salary ranging from $ 20,000 – $ 100,000.

Fareed Zakaria’s Net Worth

Zakaria has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a Journalist and Political Commentator.

Fareed Zakaria Books, Author

Other than being a journalist, he is also an author. He has authored 13 books;

  • “The Post-American World” (2008)
  • “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” (2020)
  • “The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad” (2003)
  • “In Defense of a Liberal Education” (2015)
  • “From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America’s World Role” (1998)
  • “Is This the End of the Liberal International Order?: The Munk Debate on Geopolitics” (2017)
  • “Democracy” (1998)
  • “Has Obama Made the World a More Dangerous Place?: The Munk Debate on U.S. Foreign Policy (The Munk Debates)” (2015)
  • “de La Riqueza Al Poder” (2000)
  • “Can the World Tolerate an Iran with Nuclear Weapons?: The Munk Debate on Iran (The Munk Debates)” (2013)
  • “Does the 21st Century Belong to China?: The Munk Debate on China (The Munk Debates)” (2011)
  • “Beyond Left and Right”
  • “Post-American World, The – Pb” (2009)

Fareed Zakaria Twitter

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