Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria Biography

Fareed Zakaria is a famous Indian-American journalist, political commentator, and author. Currently, he is the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET in the United States, and he also writes a weekly paid column for The Washington Post.

In addition, Zakaria has been a columnist for Newsweek, the editor of Newsweek International, as well as the editor at large of Time. Fareed’s GPS is a weekly international and domestic affairs show that airs on CNN (U.S.) and around the globe on CNN International. Since the show kicked off in 2008, Fareed has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders.

Interviews on Zakaria GPS have included former U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Other past guests include; military officials such as Adm. Michael Mullen and Gen. David Petraeus; corporate leaders such as Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein; and other public figures like Bono and Bill Maher. In addition, the show earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and has received multiple Emmy nominations.

Fareed has frequently hosted primetime specials for CNN Worldwide, such as “Putin: The Most Powerful Man in the World,” “Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World,” “Why Trump Won,” He regularly contributes his thinking analysis of world events and public affairs to CNN.com; Zakaria’s Global Briefing, a daily digital newsletter, as well as another programming across CNN’s multiple platforms.


Moreover, Zakaria is the author of three highly-regarded and New York Times bestselling books: The Future of Freedom (2003), a study of “illiberal democracy” in various countries, also an international bestseller; In Defense of a Liberal Education (2015), a commentary on the importance of a well-rounded education; and the internationally bestselling The Post-American World (1st ed. 2008, 2nd ed. 2011), which talks about the rise of non-Western powers. In addition, his latest book is Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World.

Previously, before joining CNN Worldwide, Fareed worked as an editor of Newsweek International, a columnist for Time, an analyst for ABC News, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, and the host of Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria on PBS.

In 2017, Zakaria was the winner of the Arthur Ross Media Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy, in addition, in 2010, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan, one of its highest civilian honors. Fareed was named by Foreign Policy magazine in 2019 “Top 10 Global Thinker of the Last 10 Years”, as well, Esquire once called him “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” Fareed works on the boards of the Council of Foreign Relations and New America.

Zakaria went to Yale University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University and has earned numerous honorary degrees.

Fareed Zakaria Age

How old is Fareed Zakaria? Zakaria is 58 years old as of 2022. He was born Fareed Rafiq Zakaria on January 20, 1964, in Mumbai, India. In addition, Fareed celebrates his birthday on January 20th every year, and his birth sign is Capricorn.

Fareed Zakaria Family

Zakaria is the son of Rafiq Zakaria and Fatima Zakaria, His father was a politician associated with the Indian National Congress and an Islamic theologian, while his mother was his father’s second wife. Zakaria’s mother was the editor of the Sunday Times of India.

Zakaria’s nationality is American and he belongs to the Konkani-Indian ethnicity. In addition, he is the cousin of Arif Zakaria and Asif Zakaria.

Fareed Zakaria Education

Zakaria went to the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai. He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. Moreover, he was editor in chief of the Yale Political Monthly, president of the Yale Political Union, a member of the Party of the Right, and a member of the Scroll and Key society. Later on, in 1993, he gained a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, where he studied under Stanley Hoffmann, Samuel P. Huntington, and international relations theorist Robert Keohane.

Fareed Zakaria Wife

Is Fareed married? Yes. Fareed got married to Paula Throckmorton, a jewelry designer, in 1997. They have three children together, Lila Zakaria, Sofia Zakaria, and Omar Zakaria. However, in July 2018, his wife filed for a divorce.

Currently, Zakaria lives on the Upper West Side of New York City. As a graduate student, Fareed advanced his love for cooking and credits chefs Julia Child and Jacques Pépin with his greater passion for food. In addition, he is a self-described secular and non-practicing Muslim. He said: “My views on faith are complicated—somewhere between deism and agnosticism. He also added that he is completely secular in his outlook. His ex-wife is a Christian, and their three children have not been raised as Muslims.

Fareed Zakaria Height

Zakaria stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.72 m) tall. In addition, he has black eyes color and black hair color.

Fareed Zakaria Salary

Zakaria receives an average annual salary of $5 million at CNN.

Fareed Zakaria Net Worth

How much is Fareed worth? Fareed has an estimated net worth of $14 million. His wealth is mainly attributed to his career as a journalist.

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