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(Journalist, author)

Ali Velshi is an MSNBC host. He is also a television journalist, a senior economic and business correspondent. Ali is married since 2009 and has three children.

Relationship Facts of Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi is married to Lori Wachs.
He is father of One.
Ali Velshi is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.

Who is the Wife of Ali Velshi? Dating History

Ali Velshi has been married twice in his life.

He got married for the second time in 2009, to New York-born hedge-fund manager, Lori Wachs. His wife Lori Wachs is the president of Philadelphia-based Cross Ledge Investments.

The couple together has one child, a daughter. His wife Lori has two children from her past relationship.

The couple met for the first time on Ali’s show. It was her first TV appearance. And after the show, they started hanging out.

The couple has been married for 11 years now and their relationship is going very well.

He first got married in his early 20s. There is not much information about his first marriage.


  • He flies Cirrus SR20 when he wants to relax.
  • Also, he’s working on getting a private pilot’s license.
  • He loves elephants.
  • He loves to eat at Sang Kee in Wynnewood.
  • About drinks, he loves bourbon.
  • On a working day, he wakes up at 6 a.m.
  • He purchases his suits mostly from Hong Kong.
  • He is highly claustrophobic.
  • Further, he wants to climb Mount Everest.

Ali Velshi: Biography in Details

Who is Ali Velshi?

Ali Velshi is a Canadian television journalist and author. Ali Velshi currently works as the Chief Business Correspondent for NBC News.

He is also an anchor of MSNBC Live on the news division’s cable network, MSNBC. Ali is mostly known for his work on CNN.

Previously, he was CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent. He was also the co-host of CNN International’s weekday business show, World Business Today.

Ali Velshi: Age(54), Parents, Ethnicity

Talking about his early life, Ali Velshi was born on October 29, 1969, in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the son of Murad Velshi (father) and Mila Velshi (mother).

His father was the first Canadian of Indian origin elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Ali Velshi spent his childhood life in Toronto, Ontario. He is of Kenyan ancestry and has American-Canadian nationality.


Ali Velshi completed his school education at Northern Secondary School, where Ali Velshi was the school president. After that, he enrolled at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

From there, he graduated with a degree in religious studies in 1994.

Ali Velshi: Career, Profession

Ali Velshi began his career with the ‘CFTO’ channel in Toronto as a General Assignment Reporter in 1996.

Shortly, he became a business reporter and host on the channels CablePlus 24 and ‘CityTV’. He then joined Report on Business Television in 1999, as the host of The Business News.

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After two years, he moved to the USA to join the business news channel CNNfn in New York City. Ali then anchored Insights, Business Unusual, Street Sweep, and Your Money with CNN. He also co-hosted The Money Gang with Pat Kiernan until 2004.

In 2005, Ali was reassigned to the main CNN network as a business anchor and reporter. At that time, he reported CNN’s early morning program, Daybreak.

That same year, he hosted 13 hour-long episodes of a reality television show called The Turnaround.

Ali Velshi was also a substitute anchor for the CNN/U.S. program, American Morning. In 2008, he began reporting from the now-destroyed Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan.

After that, he co-hosted the market opening edition of World Business Today on CNN International.

Ali left CNN in 2013 to join Al Jazeera America. With Al Jazeera America, he hosted a weekly 30-minute magazine-style prime-time program called Real Money with Ali Velshi.

After leaving the network, he began working with NBC News in 2016.

Besides journalism, he is an author. He is the author of the book ‘Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis.

Ali Velshi is a member of many non-profitable organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and the Board of Trustees of the X Prize Foundation.

Awards, Nominations

Ali Velshi has earned several awards and honors in his career. He earned the Queen’s University Alumni Achievement Award in 2010.

That same year, he was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting. In 2009, he earned a nomination for the 2010 Emmy Award.

In 2015, Ali Velshi earned nominations for two News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Ali Velshi: Net Worth 2024, Salary

As of 2024, this journalist Ali Velshi has a net worth of $5 million. However, his salary is unknown.

Ali Velshi has an apartment in Bryn Mawr.

Ali Velshi: Criticisms, Controversy

Ali Velshi faced several criticisms when he left CNN and joined Al Jazeera America in 2013. But he said that he has no regrets about joining Al Jazeera America.

In mid-2016, the news made headlines when Al Jazeera America Chief Reportedly threatened to bankrupt Ali Velshi.

Despite the fact that he was standing in front of a burning building on May 29, 2020, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi was reporting from Minneapolis in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death when he said he was seeing “primarily a demonstration” that “is not, generally speaking, disruptive.” Velshi was cautious to place responsibility on the looters and arsonists.

“The issue is, there is a real sense of grievance and discontent here,” he explained. ”

That when you dismiss people who are doing things to public property that they shouldn’t be doing, you have to understand that this city has had a problem with police for several years, and it has a real awareness of the depth of the problem.”

Body Measurements: Height, Weight

Ali Velshi is 5 feet 9 inches (1.75m) tall. He is bald and has a black eye color, but there is no information about his body mass and hair color.

Social Media

Ali Velshi is very active on social media. He has over 130k followers on Facebook. His Twitter account has over 408k followers and he has around 25.5k followers on Instagram.


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