From the finest racehorses to the devotion of 15 million followers, he is used to every privilege and defers to nobody. But it's not necessarily a recipe for contentment and, when his plans are thwarted, there is always a price to pay
Nobody likes to be rejected, but when you are a billionaire spiritual leader unused to having people stand in your way, the consequences tend to be dramatic. Such is the case with the Aga Khan, who for the second time in 13 years has reacted to a perceived slight by turning his back on Britain and looking elsewhere for a welcome.
Jockey Walter Swinburn and Shergar race to one of their wins in January 1981 - NEW LIGHT ON SHERGAR MYSTERY - 2004-03-14Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Previously unreleased evidence is to be aired in a television documentary about the disappearance of champion racehorse Shergar. Paul Kelso reports from London.The kidnapping of the champion racehorse Shergar was an ill-conceived and poorly executed shambles, according to previously unreleased evidence in a television documentary to be screened next week.
Cartier Horse of the Year Dalakhani, winning the French Derby - DALAKHANI TOPS CARTIER AWARDS - 2003-11-13Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Cartier Awards: Dalakhani is European Horse of the YearThe Aga Khan's Dalakhani, winner of the Grand Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and French Derby (Fr-I), was named Europe's Horse of the Year when the Cartier Awards were presented in London on Wednesday. The ceremony was held at London's Four Seasons Hotel. A 3-year-old Darshaan colt trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, Dalakhani won eight of nine career starts, including four group I races, before being retired at the conclusion of his 2003 campaign.
Construction of second Tajik-Afghan bridge starts - CORPORATE SECTOR BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL MICROFINANCE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - 2003-07-23Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The construction of the second of five bridges to be built across the Panj river [to link Tajikistan and Afghanistan] has started in keeping with a tripartite agreement between the Tajik and Afghan governments and the Aga Khan foundation.
The bridge is being built in [eastern Tajikistan's] Darvoz District's village of Ruzba.
The deputy head of the Badakhshonroh [road building] company, Khushnazar Abdurahimov, told a Khovar correspondent that the workforce of the Badakhshonroh and Pomirgeologiya [Pomir geology] companies had started to level the area where the bridge would be built.
Dalakhani swept the boards at the Cartier Racing Awards ceremony in London last night when capturing the titles of Horse of the Year and Top Three-Year-Old Colt.
The brilliant Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and French Derby winner dominated both sections at a function attended by an audience of leading owners, trainers, breeders and other racing personalities.
The Aga Khan and his wife the Begum Aga Khan have filed for divorce, it emerged today.The couple married in May 1998 and have a four-year-old son, Prince Aly. They have been separated for over a year.
The Aga Khan, a British citizen, is the spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims.
His wife Begum Inaara is a German national who was known as Princess Gabriele Zu Leiningen before the marriage. She lives in Berkshire.
Her spokesman, Lord Bell of Bell Pottinger, said: 'The Begum considers the separation and divorce proceedings to be private matters and will be making no comment.'
The hopes of one of the world's richest men to build a museum on one of London's most prized sites suffered a blow yesterday when the site owner said it would prefer to sell to the NHS.
The Aga Khan had selected Block Nine, a disused Victorian hospital building on the Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament, to house the largest collection of Islamic art in the English-speaking world.
Boasting some of the finest examples of Middle Eastern painting over the centuries, the museum would be the latest multimillion-pound addition to the string of cultural complexes lining the South Bank.
Aga Khan meets Afghan leader, officials - AFGHAN GIRLS RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER FIVE YEARS - 2002-03-23Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Afghan Minister Said Mohammad Ali Jawid, adviser to the Afghan interim government, has said: Prince Karim Aga Khan [IV] met the chairman of the interim administration of Afghanistan, Hamed Karzai, and some ministers of the government in Kabul yesterday.In an interview with a correspondent of the external Dari service [of Mashhad Radio], Jawid added: The Aga Khan Foundation carries out its activities in Pakistan, India, Tajikistan and other countries. Jawid explained: The Aga Khan Foundation can provide the people of Afghanistan with food and aid in the sphere of education and culture.
Aga Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan for development cooperation talks - KYRGYSTAN AND AGA-KHAN FUND SIGNED AGREEMENT ON COOPERATION - 2001-09-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
[Presenter] The leader of All Ismailis, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, arrived in Bishkek [the Kyrgyz capital] this evening.This is his third visit [to Kyrgyzstan].
Cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the Aga Khan Foundation can be described as very fruitful. [Passage omitted: A quadrilateral agreement between Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Imamate of Ismailis was signed in August 2000 on setting up a University of Central Asia in the Tajik Mountainous Badakhshon Region]