Prince Ali Salman Aga Khan (13 June 1911 – 12 May 1960), known as Aly Khan, was a son of Sultan Mahommed Shah, Aga Khan III, the leader of the Nizārī Ismā'īlī Muslims, a sect of Shia Islam, and the father of Aga Khan IV.
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Prince Ali Salman Aga Khan
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Prince Ali Solomone Aga Khan, known as Aly Khan was a racehorse owner and jockey, the son of Aga Khan III, the head of the Ismaili Muslims, and the father of Aga Khan IV. He was also the third husband of actress Rita Hayworth. From 1958 to 1960 he was a vice president of the United Nations General Assembly representing Pakistan, for which he served as U.N. ambassador.
Born in Turin, Italy of a Persian father and Italian mother, he was the younger son and only surviving child of The Aga Khan III and Cleope Teresa "Ginetta" Magliano, a dancer with the Ballet Opera of Monte Carlo.
Aly Khan was educated by private tutors in India and France during his childhood and later trained in England as a lawyer.
He married as his first wife the Joan Guinness on May 18, 1936 in Paris. Before the wedding, the bride converted to Islam and took the name Tajuddawlah .
"I had been involved with several women", he said of this period of his life, which included high-profile lovers such as the British debutante Margaret Whigham and Thelma, Viscountess Furness.
The couple`s first child, Prince Karim, was born in Geneva, seven months later; they also had a second son, Prince Shujah Uddin Amyn Mohammad Aga Khan.
They divorced in 1949, in part due to his extramarital affairs with, among others, Pamela Churchill.
In 1939, Prince Aly Aga Khan joined the French Foreign Legion and served with its cavalry division in Egypt and the Middle East. In 1940, he joined the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, becoming a lieutenant colonel in 1944. That same year, he participated in the Allied landing in the south of France with the United States Sixth Army, serving as a liaison officer with the rank of captain; for this, he was made an officer (military division) in the Legion of Honor in 1950.
On 27 May (civil) and 28 May (religious) 1949, in Cannes, France, Aly Aga Khan married the American movie star Rita Hayworth. She was then pregnant with their only child, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who was born seven months later.
Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth separated in 1951 and filed for divorce the same year; the suit was dropped in 1952. Eventually, however, the couple were divorced in April 1953, due in part to his infidelities.
Among his loves were the American film and stage actress Gene Tierney, whom he was engaged to marry in 1952 although his father strongly opposed the union. After a year-long engagement Tierney separated from the Prince and moved back to the U.S.
In 1957 Aly Khan had announced his intention to marry the French fashion model Bettina.
On 12 July 1957, Aly Khan`s eldest son, Karim Khan was named Aga Khan IV and 49th Imam of the Ismailis. It was the first time that the descent from father to son was circumvented in the sect`s 1,300-year history.
Little more than two years after his involvement with the U.N. began, Aly Khan died in an automobile accident in Suresnes, France, a suburb of Paris, when the car he was driving collided with another vehicle while he and his fiancée, Bettina, were returning home from a party.
Aly Khan was first buried on the grounds of Château de l`Horizon, his home in the south of France, where it was intended that he would remain until a mausoleum was built for him in Syria. His remains were removed to Damascus, Syria, on July 11, 1972, and he was reinterred in Salamiyah, Syria.
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