Ali Velshi Biography
Ali Velshi is a Canadian television journalist, a senior economic and business correspondent for NBC News since October 2016 and co-anchor with Stephanie Ruhle of Velshi & Ruhle on MSNBC. Known for his work on CNN, he was CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, Anchor of CNN’s Your Money and a co-host of CNN International’s weekday business show World Business Today.
In 2013, he joined Al Jazeera America, a channel that launched in August of that year. He hosted Ali Velshi on Target until Al Jazeera America ceased operations on April 12, 2016. He has worked for MSNBC since October 2016.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he is the son of Murad Velshi, the first Canadian of Indian origin elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and his wife Mila, who grew up in South Africa. He is an Ismaili Muslim of Gujarati Indian descent and earned a degree in religious studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1994. During his time at Queen’s, he made news by organizing protests against Preston Manning and Canada’s Reform Party. In 2010, Velshi was awarded the Queen’s University Alumni Achievement Award. In 2016, Velshi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by his Alma Mater. He previously attended Toronto’s Northern Secondary School during which time he was elected school president.
Ali Velshi Age
Ali was born on October 29, 1969, in Nairobi.
Ali Velshi Net Worth
Ali has an estimated net worth of $500,000. He has earned a decent amount of salary working for the networks such as CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, NBC News.
Ali Velshi Wife
Ali got married in his 20’s but the marriage did not last long. In 2009, he was again married to Lori Wachs, a New York-born hedge fund manager and the president of Philadelphia-based Cross Ledge Investments. He met his second wife when she was a guest on his tv show.
Ali Velshi Height
Ali stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inch.
Ali Velshi CNN
Velshi moved to the U.S. in September 2001, joining business news channel CNNfn in New York City. He anchored several shows including Insights, Business Unusual, Street Sweep, Your Money, and co-hosted The Money Gang with Pat Kiernan before the network closed down in December 2004.
Reassigned to the main CNN network, he remained a business anchor and reporter posted, initially, to CNN’s early morning program, Daybreak. In 2005, Velshi hosted 13 hour-long episodes of The Turnaround, a reality television show, during which he traveled across America, introducing small business owners who were facing challenges or seeking to grow their businesses, to high-profile mentors who helped the small business owners develop a plan for success.
After The Turnaround, Velshi was assigned to the newly launched The Situation Room from 2005 to 2006. Velshi joined American Morning as a business correspondent in late 2006 and then again as co-anchor in 2011.
In 2008, Velshi undertook a cross-country road-trip aboard the CNN Election Express, during which he traveled from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Los Angeles, California, stopping along the way to discuss money issues with Americans. Velshi also spent 10 days riding the CNN Election Express through rural Texas before that state’s March 4, 2008 primaries.
Velshi regularly was a substitute anchor for CNN/U.S. programs such as American Morning. On Saturday and Sunday, he co-hosted a business program called Your Money. Velshi also hosted CNN’s Energy Hunt which took him to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and to the Oil Sands of Canada in 2008.
Tragic events during 2008 brought Velshi more airtime, including reporting from the now-destroyed Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, after the killing of Benazir Bhutto. During coverage of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Velshi appeared on air day and night on location from hurricane-stricken areas, as the storms hit.
Velshi’s hurricane reporting started in 2005 during Katrina, where he reported live during the evacuation of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and then from damaged oil facilities in Eastern Texas and Southern Louisiana
Ali Velshi Al Jazeera America
On April 4, 2013, it was announced that Velshi would be leaving CNN to join Al Jazeera America to host a weekly 30-minute magazine-style prime-time program called Real Money with Ali Velshi. He was the first on-air personality to be hired for the new channel.
The channel stated that it hoped that Velshi’s show would initially start off as a weekly show and become a daily show by the end of the year. Real Money with Ali Velshi launched on August 20, 2013, as a daily weekday show. On May 12, 2015, the show re-launched as Ali Velshi on Target. This show ended in April 2016 when Al Jazeera America shut down.
Ali Velshi MSNBC and NBC
In October 2016 Velshi joined MSNBC, with additional duties at MSNBC’s parent news division, NBC News, for which he serves as Business Correspondent.
Velshi co-anchors the 1:00 PM MSNBC news program Velshi & Ruhle with Stephanie Ruhle, as well as having his own 3:00 PM news program MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi.
Ali Velshi Writings
Velshi is represented by the New York literary agency N.S. Bienstock, and by speaking agency Greater Talent Network. His first book, Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis, was published on January 2, 2009. His second book, How to Speak Money:
The Language & Knowledge You Need Now, co-authored by long-time friend and co-anchor Christine Romans, was released by John Wiley & Sons in November 2011. Velshi has written monthly columns for both Money and Delta Sky magazine.
Ali Velshi Awards And Recognitions
In 2010, Velshi was awarded the Queen’s University Alumni Achievement Award; the highest award is given to Queen’s University Alumni. Also in 2010, Velshi’s in-depth reporting for CNN’s “How the Wheels Came Off” about the near collapse of the U.S.
Auto Industry was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting. Velshi anchored CNN’s global breaking news coverage of an attempted terror attack on a Delta flight into Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, for which CNN was nominated for a 2010 Emmy award.
Velshi was nominated for two additional News & Documentary Emmy awards in 2015 for his contributions at Al Jazeera including coverage of low wages paid to disabled American workers, and a scandal involving red light cameras in Chicago. In 2017, Velshi was named an honorary “Canada 150” Ambassador to help promote activities and events marking the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
Velshi was named a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale University and accordingly participated in a conversation with students, faculty, and members of the community at Yale University’s Jonathan Edwards College in 2017. Also in 2017, Velshi delivered a TEDx talk entitled “How Fake News Grows in a Post Fact World.”
Ali Velshi Nationality
Ali has three nationalities; Canadian, Kenyan, and American.
Ali Velshi Religion
Being Muslim, Velshi regularly acknowledges his background and perspective when discussions involve Islam. Velshi has strongly defended the Muslim community’s right to build a mosque and Islamic center (Park51) near Ground Zero in New York City.