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Ali Velshi Biography – Ali Velshi Wiki
Ali Velshi is a Canadian author, television journalist, a senior economic and business correspondent for NBC News since October 2016, and co-anchor with Stephanie Ruhle of Velshi & Ruhle on MSNBC. Known for his work on CNN, he was CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Anchor of CNN’s Your Money, and a co-host of CNN International’s weekday business show World Business Today. In 2013, he joined Al Jazeera America, a channel that launched in August of 2013. He hosted Ali Velshi on Target until Al Jazeera America ceased operations on April 12, 2016. He has worked for MSNBC since October 2016.
In 1996, he was awarded a fellowship to the United States Congress from the American Political Science Association. In this capacity, he worked with Lee H. Hamilton, then a Democratic Representative from Indiana. In Toronto, he started his professional reporting career as a General Assignment reporter for CFTO. He later became a business reporter and anchor for CablePulse 24 and its then sister station CityTV. In 1999, he joined Report on Business Television, Canada’s first all-business news specialty channel. He hosted The Business News, Canada’s first prime-time business news hour.
He moved to the U.S. in September 2001, joining business news channel CNNfn in New York City. He anchored several shows, including Insights, Business Unusual, Street Sweep, and Your Money, and co-hosted The Money Gang with Pat Kiernan before the network closed down in December 2004. During the financial crisis of 2007–2008, he again appeared on television frequently throughout the day on shows like American Morning and Anderson Cooper 360° and took viewers’ live calls during special editions of Your Money and during his weekly call-in radio show. Until leaving CNN, he was a co-host in the market opening edition of World Business Today on CNN International.
On April 4, 2013, it was announced that he would be leaving CNN to join Al Jazeera America to host a weekly 30-minute magazine-style prime-time program called Real Money with Ali Velshi. Real Money with Ali Velshi launched on August 20, 2013, as a daily weekday show. On May 12, 2015, the show relaunched as Ali Velshi on Target. This show ended in April 2016 when Al Jazeera America shut down.
He joined MSNBC in October 2016, with additional duties at MSNBC’s parent news division, NBC News, for which he serves as Business Correspondent. He initially co-anchored the 1:00 PM ET MSNBC news program Velshi & Ruhle with Stephanie Ruhle, as well as having his own 3:00 PM ET news program MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi. He was also appointed as the fill-in host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Friday edition. However, in December 2019, he was moved to the weekend morning with his own show called simply as Velshi, a 2-hour solo act. He continues to substitute for other hosts in the weekday evening lineups.
He is represented by the New York literary agency N.S. Bienstock and by speaking agency Greater Talent Network. His first book, Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis, was published on January 2, 2009. His second book, How to Speak Money: The Language & Knowledge You Need Now, co-authored by Christine Romans, was released by John Wiley & Sons in November 2011. He has written monthly columns for both Money and Delta Sky magazine.
In 2010, he was awarded the Queen’s University Alumni Achievement Award. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by his alma mater. He previously attended Toronto’s Northern Secondary School, during which time he was elected school president. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the New York Financial Writers Association, The Paley Center for Media, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago History Museum, a member of the Board of Trustees of Seeds of Peace, and a member of the Grand Challenges Advisory Committee of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the X Prize Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit humanity.
Ali Velshi Age
He was born on October 29, 1969, in Nairobi, Kenya, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, since moving there in 1971. Currently, he lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Ali Velshi Wife
He was married shortly while young, in his twenties. In 2009, he married his second wife, Lori Wachs, the president of Cross Ledge Investments, based in Philadelphia whom he met when she was a guest on his show. The couple has one child together.
Ali Velshi Children
With his wife, they have one child together, a daughter.
Ali Velshi Family
He is the son of Murad Velshi, the first Canadian of Indian origin elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and his mother Mila, who grew up in South Africa. His parents had a bakery in South Africa but moved to Kenya in 1960 when apartheid became oppressive. They later moved to Canada in 1971. In Toronto, his parents operate a chain of travel agencies. He is an Ismaili Muslim of Gujarati Indian descent.
Ali Velshi Nationality
He is of American and Canadian nationality.
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