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A few facts to know about the Aga Khan: philanthropist and spiritual leader

Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 6:05 am PDT

The Aga Khan addresses an audience Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at the Memorial Church on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is the 49th hereditary heir and spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Steven Senne

OTTAWA – Who is the Aga Khan? A quick primer:

— Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is the 49th hereditary heir and spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims.

— He heads up the Aga Khan Development Network, which helps social and economic development in some of the poorest countries in the world.

— He was born Dec. 13, 1936 in Geneva, Switzerland. Grew up in Nairobi, Kenya.

— He graduated from Harvard University in 1959 with an honours undergraduate degree in Islamic history.

— The Shah of Persia granted the honorary hereditary title of “Aga Khan” on the family in 1818.

— Queen Elizabeth granted the title of “His Highness” in 1957.

— He was named an honorary Canadian citizen in 2010.

— His personal net worth is estimated to be more than $800 million US.