Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Fast Facts

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to Iranian Air Force commanders in Tehran, February 2007. AFP/Getty Images
Birth date: July 17, 1939
Birth place: Mashhad, Iran
Birth name: Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Father: Ayatollah Sayyid Jawad Husaini Khamenei
    Mother: Name unavailable publicly
    Marriage: Married in 1964
    Children: Mostafa, Mojtaba, Massoud, Maysam, Hoda and Boshra
    Education: Studied under the future Ayatollah Khomeini at the Islamic seminary in Qom, Iran
    Religion: Islamic, Shiite Muslim
    Other Facts:
    Also known as the Supreme Leader.
    1962 - Along with Khomeini, begins his involvement with protests, opposing the policies of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
    1977 - Along with other clerics, forms the Combatant Clerics Association, which becomes the Islamic Republic Party.
    1980-1987 - Secretary-general and member of the central command of the Islamic Republic Party.
    June 1981 - Injured when a bomb placed in a tape recorder explodes at a press conference.
    October 13, 1981-August 3, 1989 - President of Iran.
    March 1985 - Survives when a suicide bomb detonates nearby.
    June 4, 1989-present - Is provisionally elected supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the death of Khomeini.
    July 28, 1989 - A referendum makes his election official, and a group of religious leaders later confirm his election as supreme leader.
    May 2011 - Khamenei becomes locked in a public power struggle with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
    February 2012 - Issues a statement that Iran will back any nation or group fighting against Israel.
    March 2012 - Reacts to tensions involving Iran's nuclear program and welcomes US President Barack Obama's comment that "it is in the best interest of the United States, Israel and the world" to peacefully resolve Iran's nuclear crisis.
    March 2012 - Khamenei beats opposition movement by 64% in parliamentary election against rival Ahmadinejad.
    March 21, 2013 - Khamenei, in a televised speech, threatens Tel Aviv and Haifa by stating "at times the officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground."
    January 2015 - Khamenei publishes an open letter to his website, directed at Western youths, asking them not to judge Islam based on the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks.
    October 21, 2015 - Khamenei conditionally approves the nuclear deal signed between his country and six world powers in July.
      January 9, 2018 - Speaking on the anniversary of the Iranian revolution that began in 1978, Khamenei says that Iranians have a right to protest. But he also blames the United States and Israel for the most recent civil unrest.