Malala Yousafzai – Net Worth, Money and More

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Malala Yousafzai is a brave heart teenage education activist from Pakistan. Malala was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora of Swat District in Pakistan.  As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was travelling home from school. She bravely survived the brutal attack, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and addressed the United Nations, campaigning for the right to education for every child around the world.  

Net Worth

Malala Yousafzai has opened a new library at Birmingham and declares: ‘books will defeat terrorism’. Covering 333,000 sq ft and housing Birmingham’s civic archives, the 10-storey library has more than a million books, including 128 volumes printed before 1501, an outdoor amphitheatre and links to the Birmingham Repertory theatre. The total capital cost of the project was £188m Yousafzai has also signed a $3 million book deal publishing her life story.

Early Life

Malala was born into a “Sunni Muslim” family. The meaning of her name “Malala” is “Greif stricken”.  At her house in Mingora, she lived with her two younger brothers, her parents, Ziauddin and Toor Pekai. Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai is a poet and an educational activist himself. He runs a chain of schools known as the Khushal Public School. Malala Yousafzai was encouraged by her father to stand for their right to education for women.

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Initial Activism

Yousafzai started speaking about education rights as early as September of 2008. Malala used to attend the school, founded by her father. At the time Swat district was suffering from the growing influence of Taliban. Taliban militants led by Maulana Fazullah were taking over the Swat Valley, banning television, music, girls’ education, and women from going shopping. Bodies of beheaded policemen were being hung in town squares. In Mingora, the Taliban had set an edict that no girls could attend school after 15 January 2009. The group had already blown up more than a hundred girls’ schools. It was then when Yousafzai started writing Urdu Blog for BBC that was covering the atrocities of Taliban in Swat. Her blogs published under the by line “Gul Makai”. On 3 January 2009, Yousafzai’s first entry was posted to the BBC Urdu blog.

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Assassination Attempt

The efforts of the young Yousafzai took the world with by storm. As Yousafzai became more recognized, the dangers facing her became more intense. Death threats against her were published in newspapers and slipped under her door. She started receiving death threats on face book. Finally, on October 2012, the Taliban militants acted on their plan and shot Malala, who was riding back home from school. She was hit with one bullet, which went through her head, neck, and ended in her shoulder. Two other girls were also wounded in the shooting.Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan. Both of them were stable enough to speak to reporters and provide details for the attack.

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After the shooting,Yousafzai was airlifted to a military hospital in Peshawar, where the doctors successfully operated on her brain, which was damaged by the bullet and were able to remove the bullet. On 11 October 2012, she was taken to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi. Interior minister Rehman Malik then announced that Yousafzai would be shifted to Germany to get best medical treatment and that the government would bear the expenditures of her treatment. On 15 October, Yousafzai was taken to United Kingdom, where she was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.


Prayers and Help

Offers to treat Yousafzai came from around the world. People in Pakistan and around the world prayed for her well being. Yousafzai came out of coma on 17 October 2012 and was responding very well to the treatment. She was discharged from the hospital on January 3, 2013.

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Malala Day

Malala spoke at UN about worldwide access to education to every child on her 16th birthday on July 12, 2013. The UN dubbed the event “Malala Day”. Yousafzai received several standing ovations. Ban Ki-moon, who also spoke at the session, described her as “our hero”.

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Rewards and Honours

Yousafzai has been awarded many national and international honours. She has been nominated for Noble Peace Prize in the March 2013 and February 2014. A portrait of Yousafzai is displayed at National Portrait Gallery, London. The portrait was made by Jonathan Yeo.

  • International Children’s Peace Prize nominee, 2011
  • National Youth Peace Prize, 2011
  • Sitara-e-Shujaat Pakistan’s third-highest civilian bravery award, October
  • 2012Time magazine Person of the Year shortlist, December 2012
  • Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, November 2012
  • Top Name of 2012 in Annual Survey of Global English, January 2013
  • One of Time‘s “100 Most Influential People In The World”, April 2013
  • International Campaigner of the Year, 2013 Observer Ethical Awards, June 2013
  • International Children’s Peace Prize, KidsRights, 2013
  • Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty Award International
  • 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Awards from Clinton Foundation
  • Harvard Foundation’s Peter Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University
  • 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought – awarded by the European Parliament
  • 2013 Edinburgh University granted Malala an honorary Master of Arts degree
  • 2013 Pride of Britain, October 2013
  • Glamour magazine Woman of the Year
  • GG2 Hammer Award – GG2 Leadership Awards , November 2013
  • 2013 International Prize for Equality and Non-Discrimination
  • 2014 Nominee for World Children’s Prize also known as Children’s Nobel Prize

Malala has also written an autobiography, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”. It was released on October 2013.


The Malala Fund

The Malala Fund- They are girl-centric approaches to education that support the Fund’s goal of creating a world where every girl reaches her true potential.

Malala with US president Barack Obama



Malala was invited by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen and her husband, Prince Phillip, invited the young activist to a reception at Buckingham Palace.

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