Ali Jannati

Ali Jannati
Jannati in 1981
Minister of Culture
Assumed office
15 August 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Deputy Mohammad Beheshti
Preceded by Mohammad Hosseini
Personal details
Born 1949 (age 64–65)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Executives of Construction Party
Alma mater Haghani Institute
Religion Shia Islam

Ali Jannati (Persian: علی جنتی‎) (born 1949) is an Iranian politician, former diplomat, cultural figure and currently minister of culture, having being appointed on 15 August 2013.

Early life and education

Jannati was born in 1949.[1][2] He is the son of Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of Iranian Guardian Council and Tehran's interim prayer leader.[3] He is a graduate of the Haqqani school in Qom.[4]


Jannati has had various position in different public institutions of Iran. He began his career in the revolutionary guards as being commander-in-chief of Armed Forces in Khorasan Province.[1][5] Then he was appointed governor general of Khuzestan Province.[5] Then he joined the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), and served as its manager in the Ahvaz branch and as judiciary envoy to IRIB.[5]

He served as deputy minister of culture for international affairs.[5] He was the Iranˈs ambassador to Kuwait from 1998 to 2005 and deputy interior minister for political affairs from 2005 to 2006.[6]

He was nominated as culture and Islamic guidance minister by President Hassan Rouhani on 4 August 2013[3] and was confirmed by the Majlis on 15 August, receiving 234 votes for and 36 votes against.[2] 12 Majlis members were absent in the voting session.[7]

Personal life

In 2006, Jannati was one of the wealthiest senior officials of Iran.[8]


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