|Khaled Hosseini Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9¼ in|
|Date of Birth||March 4, 1965|
Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-American novelist, UNHCR goodwill ambassador, and former physician whose debut novel The Kite Runner (2003) became a critical and commercial success. The book appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 2 years and received the South African Boeke Prize in 2004. His other works include novels like A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007), And the Mountains Echoed (2013), and Sea Prayer (2018). Moreover, Khaled Hosseini has served as a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Northern California, United States
Khaled Hosseini studied at Independence High School in San Jose and graduated in 1984. Then, he attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1988.
In 1993, he earned his M.D. from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1997.
Novelist, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Physician
- Father – Nasser (Worked as a diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul)
- Mother – She worked as a Persian language teacher at a girls’ high school.
- Siblings – Raya Hosseini (Younger Sister). Khaled Hosseini has 3 more younger siblings.
Khaled Hosseini has been represented by The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, San Jose, California, United States.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth has been $5 Million.
5 ft 9¼ in or 176 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Khaled Hosseini has dated –
- Roya Hosseini – He is married to Roya Hosseini and the duo has been blessed with 2 children. He announced via social media in July 2022 that his 21-year-old child had come out as transgender.
Race / Ethnicity
Khaled Hosseini once stated, “I’m not pure anything. There’s a Pashtun part of me, a Tajik part of me.”
Salt and Pepper
He has described himself as a secular Muslim.
Khaled Hosseini Facts
- He has described his upbringing as a privileged one and he spent 8 years of his childhood in the upper-class Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in Kabul.
- Khaled Hosseini shifted to Iran with his family in 1970 as his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran.
- The family returned to Kabul in 1973 and then relocated to Paris, France when he was 11 years of age after his father got a job there. Afterward, the family could not come back to Afghanistan because of the April 1978 Saur Revolution in which the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) seized power.
- His family sought political asylum in the United States after the start of the Soviet-Afghan War and made their residence in San Jose, California.
- Khaled Hosseini did not speak English when his family first arrived in the United States and he has described the experience as “a culture shock” and “very alienating”.
- He returned to Afghanistan in 2003 at the age of 38 and has admitted to experiencing survivor’s guilt for having been able to leave the country prior to the Soviet invasion and subsequent wars.
- In 2007, Khaled Hosseini released his novel titled A Thousand Splendid Suns and it won the British Book Award for “Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year” and Book Sense Book of the Year Award for “Adult Fiction”.
- He practiced medicine for more than 10 years.
- He remembers Kabul as “a growing, thriving, cosmopolitan city”, where he regularly flew kites with his cousins.
- Khaled Hosseini is well-versed in Persian and Pashto.
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