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Salman Rushdie Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Ahmed Salman Rushdie
Place Of Birth
Mumbai, India
76 years old
Birth Date
June 19 1947

Salman Rushdie Facts

Child Star?
Novelist, Essayist
Education & Qualifications
University of Cambridge
Net Worth
Current Partner
Laura Gómez
Zafar, Milan
Negin Bhatt, Anis Ahmed Rushdie
Sameen, Nabeelah

About Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, born Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, is a well-known novelist and essayist of Indian origin who lives in the United Kingdom.

Salman Rushdie was born on June 19, 1947 in Bombay, British India (present-day Mumbai, India). Salman Rushdie was born to Negin Bhatt and Anis Ahmed Rushdie, and he had three siblings.

The writing of Salman Rushdie, which combines historical fiction and magical realism, is primarily focused on the numerous links, disturbances, and migrations between western and eastern civilizations, with most of his writing situated on the Indian mainland. 'Midnight's Children' of 1981, the second novel of Salman Rushdie, received the Booker Prize in the same year and was named the best novel of all winners on two separate occasions, honoring the 25th and 40th anniversaries of the award. The fourth book of his, 'The Satanic Verses', of 1988, sparked widespread outrage among Muslims worldwide. Salman Rushdie was placed under police surveillance by the British government.

In 1983, Salman Rushdie was appointed a member of the Royal Society of Literature, Britain's highest literary organization. In January 1999, Salman Rushdie was named Commandeur of l'Ordre des Arts and des Lettres de France. In June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II honored him for his academic services. The Times named him 13th among the '50 Best British Authors Since 1945' in 2008. Salman Rushdie has resided in the United Kingdom since 2000.

In 2015, Salman Rushdie was designated as the Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He formerly lectured at Emory University. Salman Rushdie became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the aftermath of the uproar over 'The Satanic Verses', he wrote 'Joseph Anton: A Memoir' in 2012.

Salman Rushdie is a British Humanist Association's distinguished admirer and a distinguished fellow in literature at the University of Anglia. He attended a history course at King's College, University of Cambridge, before working as a copywriter for the worldwide advertising and marketing company Ogilvy & Mather.

Salman Rushdie has received several honors, including Germany's Writer of the Year Award, the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature, the Golden PEN Award, the Harvard University Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Cultural Humanism, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.

Salman Rushdie's Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What is Salman Rushdie's net worth?

Salman Rushdie is a well-known novelist from India who resides in the United Kingdom. He is not only recognized in India but is famous worldwide for his spectacular work. The primary source of income for Salman Rushdie comes from his writing career. The net worth of Salman Rushdie is expected to be around $15 million.

How much does Salman Rushdie earn per year?

The annual income of Salman Rushdie has not yet been publicly disclosed.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall is Salman Rushdie?

The height of Salman Rushdie is measured to be around 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) tall.

How old is Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie is 75 years old as of 2022. Salman Rushdie was born on June 19, 1947 in the then Bombay, British India (present-day Mumbai, India). Salman Rushdie celebrated his 75th birthday on June 19, 2022.

Childhood And Education

Salman Rushdie's birth name is Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie and was born to Negin Bhatt and Anis Ahmed Rushdie. Salman Rushdie was born in an Indian Kashmiri Muslim family. The date of birth of Salman Rushdie is June 19, 1947. He was born in Bombay, British India (present-day Mumbai, India). Both of his parents worked at that time. Anis Ahmed Rushdie was a businessman and lawyer who studied at Cambridge. Negin Bhatt was a teacher. Before becoming a lawyer and a businessman, his father was in Indian Civil Services, but he did not continue due to some unknown reasons.

Salman Rushdie has three siblings, two of whom are Sameen Rushdie and Nabeelah Rushdie. Salman Rushdie was the youngest among all. Salman Rushdie claimed in his 2012 book that his father adopted the name Rushdie following Averroes. Salman Rushdie was born and raised in Bombay where he attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in Fort, South Bombay before traveling to England to join the Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Afterward, Salman Rushdie completed his studies at King's College, and the University of Cambridge, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Salman Rushdie went to the United Kingdom permanently following his graduation from Cambridge. Before that, he temporarily resided in Pakistan with his family, where his family had relocated from Bombay, India.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Salman Rushdie's partner?

Salman Rushdie had four marriages in his lifetime.

From 1976-1987, Salman Rushdie was wedded to Clarissa Luard, with whom he had a son, Zafar Rushdie, born in 1979. In the middle of the '80s, he divorced Clarissa Luard. He was then in a relationship with Robyn Davidson, an Australian writer whom he met through acquaintance, Bruce Chatwin. Marianne Wiggins, an American author, became his second wife. They got married in 1988 and divorced in 1993.

Elizabeth West was the third wife of Salman Rushdie. Elizabeth West got married to Salman Rushdie in 1997, and they separated in 2004. With his third wife, he had a son, Milan Rushdie, who was born in 1997. Padma Lakshmi, of Indian-American origin, a well-known model, actress, and presenter of the American television show 'Top Chef', married him in 2004. On July 2, 2007, the marriage of Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi ended.

As of June 2022, Salman Rushdie seems to be in a relationship with Laura Gómez, a Dominican actress, writer, and director.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Salman Rushdie is a well-known Indian-born author and essayist who is currently living in the United Kingdom. Salman Rushdie's literature, a mix of historical fiction and magical realism, is primarily concerned with the myriad linkages, upheavals, and migrations between western and eastern cultures, with the majority of his work taking place on the Indian continent.

In 1975, Salman Rushdie released his first novel, 'Grimus'. In 1981, he was awarded the Booker Prize for his outstanding work 'Midnight's Children'. 'Shame' of 1983, 'The Satanic Verses' of 1988, 'The Moor's Last Sigh' of 1995, and 'The Ground Beneath Her Feet' of 1999 are some of his other notable works.

Charity Work

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, the British Humanist Association, the Food Bank For New York City, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation, Hauser Bears, and The Lunchbox Fund are some of the foundations supported by Salman Rushdie.

What awards has Salman Rushdie won?

In 1981, Salman Rushdie's second novel, 'Midnight's Children', won the Booker Prize.

Salman Rushdie has received several honors and accolades for the tremendous work he has done as a novelist. Some of them include Germany's Write of the Year Award, the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature, the Golden PEN Award, the Harvard University Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Cultural Humanism, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2014.

The Saint Louis University Library Associates' St. Louis Literary Award, teh State Prize for Literature of Austria, and the Swiss Freethinkers Award of 2019 were also awarded to him. On June 16, 2007, Salman Rushdie was knighted for his contributions to literary works at the Queen's Birthday Honors. In the 2022 Birthday Honors of the Queen, Salman Rushdie was named a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honor for his contributions to literature.

Salman Rushdie's Hobbies And Interests

The hobbies and interests of Salman Rushdie are reading and horse riding.

Other Interesting Salman Rushdie Facts And Trivia

  • The book 'Midnight's Children' depicted the life of a kid born at midnight on India's Independence Day. It is primarily centered around the protagonist, Saleem Sinai, and the unusual abilities he seemed to possess.
  • 'The Satanic Verses' received literary criticism and was embroiled in controversies for many years. Because of 'The Satanic Verses', Salman Rushdie was given police protection.
  • 'East, West' of 1994, 'Mirrorwork: 50 Years Of Indian Writing' from 1947-1997, 'The Best American Short Stories' of 2008, 'Haroun And The Sea Of Stories' of 1990, 'Luka And The Fire Of Life' of 2010, 'Imaginary Homelands' of 1992, 'Shalimar The Clown' of 2005, and many others are his famous works.
  • In 1987, Salman Rushdie published 'The Jaguar Smile', a nonfiction book on Nicaragua that was politically driven and centered on his observations and investigations on the ground during the Sandinista political experimentation.
  • The 2005 novel of Salman Rushdie, 'Shalimar The Clown', a tale about passion and betrayal in Kashmir and Los Angeles, was acclaimed as a come-back by several commenters after the novel 'Fury', which was set primarily in New York, and avoided the previous spacious narrative approach that encompasses centuries, periods, and sites.
  • A satirical novel centered on modern America, 'The Golden House', was released in 2017. 'Quichotte', Salman Rushdie's 14th novel, was published in 2019 and was influenced by Miguel de Cervantes' famous masterpiece, 'Don Quixote'.
  • Director Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie worked on the screenplay for the movie version of his bestseller 'Midnight's Children'. The film featured Shabana Azmi, Irfan Khan, Seema Biswas, and Nandita Das. The film's shooting started in September 2010 and was completed in 2012.
  • The genres in which Salman Rushdie prominently writes are magic realism, satire, and postcolonialism.
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