He owns and operates one of France’s largest horse racing and breeding operations, as well as many other businesses, including luxury hotels.His wealth stems in part from the fact that Ismailis are obliged to tithe, giving a percentage of their earnings to the Aga Khan, which he in turn invests in his charity network.
Today most Ismailis accept that the Aga Khan is their 49th Imam and a direct descendant of Muhammad. In 2013, Vanity Fair described the Aga Khan’s global charity network as a “staggeringly large and effective organization,” akin to “his own UN …
Syrian refugees and their sponsors are invited to come for free. The short answer is he was born into the job: The young Aga Khan succeeded his grandfather, Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III, in 1957.