Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour is, to put it simply, one of the most respected journalists today, and she has been a part of CNN for almost 30 years. More recently, in a unique arrangement between the two big news channels, she has also been a part of ABC News. In her distinguished career spanning more than three decades, she has won almost every award that a journalist could win, including nine Emmys, several Peabodys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and recognition from the Library of American Broadcasting. But there is much more to be said about this woman, with her short black hair and refreshingly warm smile, than can ever be quantified by her many awards and accolades.

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Born to an Iranian, Muslim father and a British, Christian mother, Amanpour spent her childhood in Iran, where she completed the elementary education, to later move to England when she was 11, after the start of the Iran-Iraq war. She attended Holy Cross Convent, an all-girls school in Buckinghamshire, and moved to New Hall School in Chelmsford when she was 16. Later, she moved to America to attend the University of Rhode Island where she studied journalism. She was hired by CNN after she graduated from the university summa cum laude, and has had no reason to look back since then. Aside from her considerable professional achievements, she has also amassed significant wealth as a journalist, with her net worth coming to 12.5 million dollars.

Amanpour is married to James Philip Rubin (known to his friends and family as Jamie), who has had a career graph to rival that of his wife. Jamie Rubin is a former diplomat and journalist, and was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and spokesman under President Clinton. He has also served in various other capacities during the presidency of Clinton, and he has later served as an informal adviser to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and to President Barack Obama.

Amanpour and Rubin had known each other, since 1993. Amanpour was reporting from Kiseljak, a city not far from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, since December 1992, and the actual bonding happened on a work-related trip to a Balkans devastated by war, in May 1997, where Ms. Amanpour was still on assignment and Mr. Rubin was traveling with Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Although those were hardly the circumstances for love to bloom, bloom it did, and the two have been smitten with each other ever since. The trip was followed by a whirlwind romance that resulted in an engagement in January 1998, with Rubin proposing on a beach in Tobago.

The marriage took place in August 1998, at the Church of Santo Stefano in Bracciano, Italy, where a Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Ambrose O'Farrell, pronounced them husband and wife. Later in the day, Rabbi Guy D. Hall performed a Jewish ceremony at Castello Orsini-Odescalchi. The groom was 38 at the time of the wedding, while the bride – who kept her name – was 40 (yes, it is one of those ‘older woman’ stories, even if, in this case, the difference between the couple it’s just 2 years). The pair has been together for more than a decade now, and their son, Darius Rubin, was born in 2000.

26 Aug, 2017

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