The professional Boxer Muhammad Ali is easily recognised as one of the world’s greatest sporting figures but not all may know his middle-aged daughter Rasheda Ali, an author, who is more determined to keep on with her father’s legacy even after he’s passed away.
The self-proclaimed stylist and American reality television personality is best known for her appearance in the reality series Love and Hip Hop: New York on VH1 but she is also a music executive, an author and a shoe designer.
Who is Rasheda Ali – Muhammed Ali’s Daughter?
Rasheda Ali Walsh as she is popularly called is one of the daughters of the legendary American boxer Mohammed Ali. She was born in Flushing, New York in 1970 alongside her twin sister, Jamillah. The two are daughters to Mohammed Ali’s second wife, Belinda Boyd, now Khalilah Camacho Ali.
The legendary boxer married Rasheda’s mother on August 18, 1967, when she was 17. The marriage which was conducted in the Islamic religion way saw her change her name from Belinda Boyd which was her birth name, to Khalilah Ali, her Islamic name. Prior to her marriage with Mohammed, Belinda is said to have married twice with her first marriage being with Rene Gonzalez Camacho on October 14, 1989, and her second marriage was to Antar Ali on April 25, 1984. She then married the pro-boxer and lived with him as his wife for nine years within which they had their four children with Rasheda and her twin sister being among them. The other two are Maryum (Rasheda’s older sister) and Mohammed Jr. The couple then got divorced on December 29, 1976. Today, she is best known as a professional karate player and an actress who featured in a popular movie titled The China Syndrome.
Rasheda has since her early years, been one of her father’s favourite and one of his great supporters who wish to continue in his footsteps. The hard-working New York native did not rise to fame on the wave of her father’s successful career, she first started as a personal assistant to some powerful executives in the music industry such as Phil Robinson and Harve Pierre but her passion for business and style led to her ownership of two shoe stores in Atlanta and New York. Recently, she launched a collection of shoes called Encore. In addition to that, she owns a boutique in Atlanta named the B Chic which was featured in one of the episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Talking about her educational background, the accomplished lady attended the University of Illinois with her twin sister, Jamillah, in the early 90s and she graduated with a degree in Mass Communication. She was, however, able to garner audience as a public speaker following her father’s fame alongside her eloquence. Many even want to hear her speak basically to gain some words of wisdom which she has garnered from her father.
Until now, Rasheda is known for giving credit to her father for the role he played in her career success before his death in 2016. During important interviews with the media, she would talk about how proud she is of her father, particularly because of what he had done for humanity.
Rasheda Ali is no doubt one of America’s most accomplished women. Through hard work and determination to carry on with her father’s legacy, she pushed further with her career as a public speaker and through her father’s fame, she easily became popular as the audience became eager to hear from her words of wisdom which she possibly gained for being close to her legendary father. Although it is still not known how much she has as net worth, it is believed that the beautiful public speaker has gained a lot from her public speaking career alongside her share from her father’s $50 million net worth according to Forbes.
Mohammed Ali was also said to be among the highest paid boxers with about $8 million as an annual salary. The huge sum is believed to be shared between the boxer’s family according to his desire in his will. His wife Lonnie will act as executor of his will, while the rest of the family members, including his former wife and children, will partake in the legacy and earnings
Like her father, Rasheda is a great humanitarian. She constantly speaks on behalf of Parkinson’s Disease organizations and advocates for stem cell research. She also travels around the world to raise money and awareness for these organisations. She is a board member of a leading biotech company BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics and serves as a patron for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Rasheda Married – Who is Her Husband?
Rasheda Ali is married to Bob Walsh who happens not to be as popular as she is but has gained much success in his career in the music industry. The two dated for about one year before Bob discovered she was Mohammed Ali’s daughter. They got married in Chicago, in 1997 and currently has two children- Nico Ali Walsh and Biaggio Ali Walsh. Her two sons are gradually rising to fame like their parents and grandparents. Biaggio is a talented footballer who has garnered up to 10 college football scholarships, including to San Diego State University, while his brother Nico is into Boxing.