Rasheda Ali is mostly known for being Muhammad Ali’s daughter, speaker and advocate of people suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome. Let’s find out more about her personal life, net worth, husband, sons, etc.
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Early life and family
Rasheda Ali was born on 20 August 1970, in Flushing, New York USA, under the sign of Virgo, and holding American nationality. Rasheda was born to Muhammad and Khalilah Camacho Ali. Her father was a world famous professional boxer; her mother was taking care of their family, but did a lot of karate during her spare time. Rasheda has many siblings, as her father had several extramarital affairs with other women. Thus, among her siblings there are Maryum Ali, her older sister, Jamillah Ali, Rasheda’s twin sister, and Muhammad Ali Jr., her younger brother. She also has half-siblings: Hana Ali, Khaliah Ali, Miya Ali and Asaad Amin.
Father, Muhammad Ali
Rasheda’s father, Muhammad Ali was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on 17 January 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky USA, to the family of Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., a billboard painter, and Odessa O’Grady Clay, a domestic worker. He started training at the age of 12, and won his first gold medal at 18 at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. In 1961 he officially changed his name to Muhammad Ali, as he converted to Islam. In 1966 he was arrested and found guilty for his draft evasion during the Vietnam war, due to which he was stripped of all his titles. After years of absence from the boxing ring he somewhat lost his athletic ability, and couldn’t fight at his previous level. However, during his career he won 21 title fights, and was named “The Fighter of the Year” six times by “The Ring” magazine.
Muhammad Ali became the icon for the next generation who consciously objected to the war. He also proclaimed himself as the follower of his mentor, Malcolm X, supporting racial integration and human rights. Muhammad Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74 due to severe septic shock cause by a respiratory illness; he also suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome, and worked a lot with the actor Michael J. Fox, who also suffered from the disease, to raise awareness of it.
Mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali
Rasheda’s mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali was born as Belinda Boyd in 1950, in Chicago USA. Her marriage with Muhammad Ali was initiated and organized by her parents when she was only 17 years old.
— RASHEDA ALI™ (@rashedaali) June 3, 2019
After their marriage, she followed the example of her husband and changed her name to Khalilah Camacho Ali, though her old friends and the members of her family kept calling her Belinda. Khalilah was a very supporting and caring wife, and she an effort to keep Muhammad Ali calm, when he lost all his titles after his arrest. However, she lost her last hope to have a happy marriage when Muhammad started an affair with Veronica Porsche, who Ali married later after his divorce from Khalilah. According to one of the interviews Khalilah gave to New Times, that they ‘had a rough marriage and a rough divorce’, but in the end they became good friends.
After her matriculation from her local high school in New York in 1988, Rasheda enrolled at the University of Illinois along with Jamillah, her twin sister. She graduated with a BA in Mass Communications.
Rasheda has always had a lot of attention from the audience who appreciated and respected the talent of her father, so she used this attention to form her own audience who were interested in hearing what she had to say. She inherited her father’s ideas about human rights and racial integration, and soon became a successful speaker, author and advocate for people who battle with Parkinson’s syndrome. She wrote her book “I’ll Hold Your Hand So You Won’t Fall: A Child’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease” when she was 21 to support all people who suffered from this disease and to raise awareness of the society about this illness.
Accepted "Salute To Greatness" Award from Bernice King for Dad
She also travelled extensively around the globe to spread the word about Parkinson’s syndrome, and to support local foundations which help people and families who face such an illness. Rasheda also appeared on TV in such shows as “New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough”, “The Today Show”, and “Good Morning America”, to bring her message to the audience. As of 2019, she is holding the position of a patron at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center based in the Barrow Neurological Institute, and is also a member of the board of the BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, the leading biotech company.
Personal life, husband Robert Walsh
Rasheda married Robert Walsh in 1977, and they have been living together ever since. She once shared he didn’t know she was Muhammad Ali’s daughter when he met her and they started dating, her celebrity father was a pleasant surprise for Bob.
The couple welcomed two sons, Biaggio and Nico. Bob later opened a restaurant he called “Biaggio’s Italian Restaurant” named after his son. Biaggio is a graduate of the University of California, and is currently working as a model assigned to Wilhelmina Models and Next Models Management. His younger brother follows his grandfather and is a boxer.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Rasheda enjoys spending time with her family as she often travels around the world and doesn’t have too many opportunities to spend some quality time with her husband and sons. She likes various kinds of sports, especially enjoying swimming, running and hiking. She likes Italian cuisine.
Social media presence
Rasheda is quite active on various social media platforms. She has an Instagram account which is followed by more than 7,000 subscribers, on which she often shares her personal photos. She also has a Twitter account, which is read by over 7,500 people. She has an official website, on which one can book her as a speaker. Her sons are also quite active and popular on Instagram, having their own profiles there. Biaggio’s account is followed by almost 120,000 subscribers, while Nico’s Instagram account is followed by 2,200 subscribers.
Appearance, clothing style
Rasheda has long black hair and hazel eyes. She is 6ft 3ins (1.90m) tall, though her weight and vital statistics are not available at the moment. As to her clothing style, she likes wearing feminine suits, trousers, shirts and blazers. She doesn’t have any tattoos.
Net worth and salary
According to authoritative sources, Rasheda’s current net worth is estimated to be around $5.6 million, accumulated by working hard as an author, and as a speaker on various TV shows and events. As she keeps working on her own TV show, her net worth is very likely going to grow.