Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem (born April 1979, age: 44 years old) is the daughter of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the legendary basketball player.
Sultana has remained fairly private about her personal life and professional life. As far as we know she came to the limelight as a result of her father’s fame which is why many especially her father’s fans are interested in knowing more about her. Keep reading to learn more about Sultana Abdul–Jabbar, Kareem Abdul–Jabbar’s daughter.
Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Was Born in April 1979
Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem was born in April 1979 to her parents Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Habiba Abdul-Jabbar in Los Angeles, California. Her exact date of birth is not known to any source and her name Sultana is an Arabic name that means “strength.” Sultana is the youngest daughter of the three children born to her mother and the third child of her father’s five children.
Sultana has an ancestral link with the Yoruba tribe from Nigeria, a West African country through her father. The basketball legend disclosed that his ancestors were Yoruba and were taken into slavery by a slave master named Alcindor, who was a French planter in the West Indies. That was how his surname Alcindor came about before he changed it to Jabbar after his conversion to Islam.
There is no information on where Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem spent her childhood but one known fact is that she is a Muslim and was born into a Muslim home and was groomed by her parents alongside her siblings.
Her parents’ marriage ended prematurely and she and her siblings had to live with their single mother for the most part of their lives. The daughter of Kareem Jabbar is an American by nationality and an African–Trinidadian when it comes to her ethnic background.
Her Father is a Basketball Legend While Her Mother is a Fashion Designer
Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem’s father Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a former professional basketball player who is widely recognized as one of the best players in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 20 seasons and also got to serve as a member of six NBA championship teams as a player and an assistant coach.
Sultana’s father’s career has been a successful one with several awards in his name which is one of the reasons why he is one of the most famous players in the world of sports. Her father was a six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 19–time NBA All-Star player, and also an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection.
Records show that Sultana’s father was a Christian who converted to the Islamic religion in 1971 when he was 24 years old after he was introduced to Islam as a freshman at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Her father’s name before the conversion was Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, but after converting, he went on and embraced the name ‘Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’ which means servant of the Almighty or a nobleman. It was given to him by Hamas Abdul Khaalis.
Sultana’s mother Habiba Abdul- Jabbar, on the other hand, is a fashion designer and owns the clothing brand “Tutu Glam.” Just like her father, Sultana’s mother was once a Christian bearing the name Janice Brown but after her conversion to Muslim as a result of her marriage to Kareem, she changed her name to ‘Habiba Abdul-Jabbar.’
Sultana’s Parents Got Married in 1971 and Divorced in 1978
Sultana’s parents, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Habiba Abdul-Jabbar got married on May 28, 1971. They came across each other’s path for the first time, at a Lakers game, as at the time they met, her father was in his senior year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The duo became friends after which their relationship blossomed and they began dating each other. As time went by, they decided to take their relationship to the next level by getting married.
According to sources, their wedding was a simple private ceremony that took place in Washington D.C. The event was attended by close friends and family members and they lived peacefully for some years before things got sour between them.
As the couple’s relationship kept getting worse, they decided to separate in December 1973 after which they got officially divorced in 1978 as a result of infidelity on the part of Sultana’s father, Kareem. It is even speculated that their divorce was engineered by his girlfriend at that time named Cheryl Pistono.
She has Two Biological Siblings and Two Half-Siblings
Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem has four siblings of which two are her biological siblings – Habiba and Kareem Jr – while the other two – Amir and Adam – are half-siblings.
Her biological sister, Habiba Alcindor is the first child of her parents and was birthed to her parents in 1972 which was also the period their parents were going through rough times in their marriage. Presently, Habiba is a journalist by profession
Sultana’s brother, Kareem Junior was welcomed in 1976, four years after the birth of Habiba. When he was born their parents had divorced. Amongst the three of her biological siblings and her half-siblings, Kareem is the one that followed in his father’s footsteps and is currently pursuing a career in athletics, specifically football. Sultana also has half-brothers Amir and Adam.
Sultana Jabbar has Worked for the L.A. Lakers
Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem was home-schooled for her primary and high school education before going ahead in her academic pursuit to enroll at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she graduated in 2002 bagging a bachelor’s degree in Literature.
Sultana began her career as an administrative assistant at Children’s Institute Inc and worked with them for five years from 2009 to 2014. She has also served as an assistant at Los Angeles Lakers for five months. Furthermore, according to her LinkedIn profile, Sultana worked as an Executive Assistant at Children’s Defense Fund for two years from 2015 – 2017.
Given her thriving career, Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem would have accumulated a net worth that runs into the six and possibly seven figures. Also, as the daughter of one of the most famous basketball players in the world, she lives a comfortable life.
Her father Kareem Abdul- Jabbar is a multi-millionaire who has a net worth estimated to be $20 million which is gotten from his successful career as a basketball player.
She is Not in Any Known Relationship
Sultana Abdul-Jabbar Kareem is not married to anyone and is not currently in any known relationship with anyone, nor has there been any rumor of her dating anyone in the past. The celebrity lives a very private life away from the spotlight and public scrutiny.
However, there was a time when she was seen hanging out with her dad and Hollywood actor, Zac Effron, at a basketball game. Such would have normally generated rumors of a relationship but it was obvious that it was just a case of three adults taking in an NBA game.