Osama bin Laden Height, Age, Family, Facts, Biography

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Osama bin Laden Quick Info
Height 6 ft 5 in
Weight 80 kg
Date of Birth March 10, 1957
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Hair Color Salt and Pepper

Osama bin Laden was the founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization Al-Qaeda which has been responsible for spreading global terrorism on a number of occasions. Born as a Saudi Arabian, he was later recognized as a stateless man because of his involvement in some of the most heinous terrorist activities including 1998 United States embassy bombings, the September 11 attacks, and the 2002 Bali bombings.

Born Name

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Ladin

Nick Name

The Emir, Sheik, Jihadist Sheik, Prince, Sheik al-Mujahid, Hajj, Director, Abū ‘Abdāllāh, Lion, Lion Sheik

Osama bin Laden as seen in November 2001
Osama bin Laden as seen in November 2001 (Hamid Mir / CentralAsiaOnline.com / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Age

He was born on March 10, 1957.

Died

Osama bin Laden died at the age of 54 on May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan due to a gunshot wound.

Sun Sign

Pisces

Born Place

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Nationality

  • Saudi Arabian (1957-1994)
  • Stateless (1994-2011)

Education

Osama bin Laden studied at Al-Thager Model School located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and then attended King Abdulaziz University and studied Economics and Business Administration.

Occupation

Founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization Al-Qaeda

Family

  • Father – Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (Multi-millionaire Saudi Businessman)
  • Mother – Hamida al-Attas
  • Siblings – He was the only child.
  • Others – Ahmad Mohammed (Maternal Half-Brother), Salem bin Laden (Older Half-Brother). Osama bin Laden had many other half-siblings.
Osama bin Laden (Right) as seen alongside Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir during an interview circa March 1997-May 1998
Osama bin Laden (Right) as seen alongside Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir during an interview circa March 1997-May 1998 (Hamid Mir / Canada Free Press / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Build

Slim

Height

6 ft 5 in or 195.5 cm

Weight

80 kg or 176.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Osama bin Laden had dated –

  1. Najwa Ghanhem (1974–before September 11, 2001)
  2. Khadijah Sharif (1983–1990s)
  3. Khairiah Sabar (1985–2011)
  4. Siham Sabar (1987–2011)
  5. Amal Ahmed al-Sadah (2000–2011)
  6. Kola Boof

Race / Ethnicity

White

Osama bin Laden was of Yemeni descent on his father’s side and had Syrian ancestry on his mother’s side.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Osama bin Laden as seen during an interview with Hamid Mir circa March 1997-May 1998
Osama bin Laden as seen during an interview with Hamid Mir circa March 1997-May 1998 (Hamid Mir / Canada Free Press / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Left-handed
  • Usually walked with the help of a cane
  • Used to wear the traditional Yemeni male keffiyeh
  • Tall stature

Religion

Islam (Wahhabism /Salafism)

Osama bin Laden Favorite Things

  • Some Of His Favorite Works To Read – The ones by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Charles de Gaulle

SourceWikipedia

Osama bin Laden (Left) as seen while sitting alongside his adviser Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir in November 2001 in Kabul, Afghanistan
Osama bin Laden (Left) as seen while sitting alongside his adviser Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir in November 2001 in Kabul, Afghanistan (Hamid Mir / CentralAsiaOnline.com / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Osama bin Laden Facts

  1. His name has often been spelled as Usama bin Laden, Usama bin Ladin, Ussamah bin Ladin, Oussama ben Laden, etc. because Arabic does not have a universally accepted standard for transliterating its words.
  2. In 1988, Osama bin Laden founded Al-Qaeda alongside the likes of Abdullah Azzam and the several other Arab volunteers during the Soviet-Afghan War.
  3. Although he never took responsibility for the unfortunate September 11th attacks and rather appreciated the act, it has been established that he was indeed the mastermind behind the attacks that took nearly 3000 lives.
  4. He was also on the American Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) lists of ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ and ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’.
  5. Osama bin Laden was killed in an operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, lead by a United States military special operations unit during the leadership of President Barack Obama.
  6. His height became one of the factors that helped in identifying his corpse which was buried at sea within 24 hours of his death, as per Islamic Law.

Featured Image by Hamid Mir / CentralAsiaOnline.com / CC BY-SA 3.0

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