Zari Hassan is a 43-year-old Ugandan-born South African businesswoman, socialite, and reality TV star born on 23rd September 1980. Her net worth is estimated at $8 million.
Zari is well-known for her glitzy lifestyle, impeccable sense of style, and vibrant online persona. The self-acclaimed “Boss Lady” is a prominent figure in both the business and entertainment worlds in East and South Africa.
How Old Is Zari Haasan and Where Was She Born?
Zarinah Tlale Hassan is currently 43 years old as she was born on the 23rd of September, in a village called Jinja in Uganda. She is the daughter of Halima Hassan (mother) and Nasur Hassan (father).
Her mother passed away in 2017 as a result of heart failure. Her death dealt a big blow to her family, especially Zari who was very close to her. The businesswoman is Muslim and has multiracial roots. Her maternal grandfather is from India, her maternal grandmother is from Uganda and her paternal grandmother is from Burundifive siblings.
Zari was raised alongside five siblings named Asha, Abdul, Zuleha, Karim, Zara, and Zuleha Hassan. She completed her elementary studies in one of the local schools in her region and later enrolled at Jinja Girls’ High School for her secondary education.
She was part of her school’s music, dance, and dance in high school and also took part in the production of stage plays and dance competitions in her school.
Zari Hassan also holds a diploma in Cosmetology from a London-based Cosmetology school. She studied the course for two years and subsequently returned to Uganda upon completing her course of study.
She moved to South Africa to seek greener pastures shortly after her return to Uganda.
Zari Hassan’s House
Zari Hassan has several properties to her name, however, it is not known if she bought any of them herself before her husband Ivan Semwanga’s passing. It is gathered that Ivan, in his will, bequeathed all his assets to Zari.
Semwanga, a prominent member of the self-styled Rich Gang group well known in both South Africa and Uganda, had several properties in Ugandan cities such as Bunga, Munyonyo, and Mutungo.
He also built multiple sprawling mansions in South Africa with two of his main houses in Sandton and Pretoria.
Besides houses, Zari’s late ex-husband established a number of multimillion-dollar businesses, including residences, dorms for students, and schools in South Africa, among others.
Zari is the beneficiary of Ivan’s multimillion-dollar mansions and other valuables. Nobody is aware of the house she presently resides in and its value, though. It is evident from several of her internet photos that Hassan and her children reside in a lavish flat with up-to-date amenities and majestic architectural features.
Zari Hassan’s Businesses
Zarri Hassan wears many hats; she is a businesswoman, social media influencer, reality TV star, and singer. However, she is mostly known for her activeness on social media platforms where she has a huge fan base.
Here are the known business ventures through which she makes her money.
Hassan’s love for music began as a high school student. She debuted after she relocated to South Africa with the song Oli Wange. The hit bagged a nomination for the Africa Channel O awards as the Best East African Video of the Year some time ago.
Regardless, there isn’t much information about her singing talent as a comprehensive list of her all songs and their release dates haven’t been publicized and it’s known exactly how long she has been in the game.
Zari Hassan is the heir and CEO of Brooklyn City College (BCC), a South African-based higher educational institution she co-founded with her late husband, Ivan Ssemwanga.
The college operates from its main Pretoria campus while maintaining satellite campuses in Durban, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Johannesburg, and Vereeniging.
Real Estate Business
Ugandan-born Zari Hassan has been in the real estate business for many years. She reportedly owns a thriving real estate firm as well as a five-star hostel in her home country.
Further information about these businesses of hers is not available for public consumption.
Reality TV Program
Hassan is a reality TV star. She is currently among the cast of Netflix’s original first African reality television series, Young, Famous, and African which premiered on March 18th 2022.
The TV program centers on building careers, looking for love, and rekindling the old flames of celebrities from Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Zari is the brand ambassador of Softcare Sanitary Pad and diapers. She has been the brand’s ambassador since 2018.
Under the brand, she has carried out several charitable works both in South and Uganda.
Social Media Influencing
With over 11 million followers on Instagram alone, Zari Hassan is unarguably a force to reckon with on the social app. She equally has an impressive number of followers on her social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tik Tok.
Besides sharing pictures of her glitzy lifestyle and loved ones, she promotes the products and services of brands for which she earns substantial amounts.
What is Zari Haasan‘s Net Worth?
The Ugandan superstar has an estimated net worth of $ 8 million. A huge part of her wealth was bequeathed to her by her husband. Zara Hassan is the epitome of class and elegance.
She loves around with influential people, drives expensive automobiles, wears the fanciest clothing, and vacations in the most exclusive locations. She is apparently living the kind of life most people only dream of.
A Look at Zari Hassan’s Personal Life
Zari Hassan is currently married to Ugandan boxer Shakib Cham Lutaaya who is almost a decade younger than her. The pair got married in a low-key Muslim ceremony in mid-April 2023.
The businesswoman has never hidden the fact that she is really in love with her beau. The two often share loved-up pictures of themselves hanging out or having fun at places on their respective social media accounts.
Although their age gap and the fact that Zari had already given birth to 5 kids before their marriage earned them much attention and criticism, Shakib and his wife have never backed down from showcasing their love.
Hassan previously dated Tanzanian-born star Diamond Platnumz and the two share two kids – a son named Prince Nillan Dangote (born on 6th December 2016) and Latifah Dangote (born on 16th November 2015).
The reality star’s other three children came from her first marriage to Ugandan socialite Ivan Semwanga. Their 12 years of marriage produced three boys named Pinto, Dido, and George Semwanga.
Ivan passed away on 25th May 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa from a heart attack at the age of 39.