Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Real Name/Full Name Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Salman Rushdie
Birth Place: Mumbai, India
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 19 June 1947
Age/How Old: 76 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 170 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 6″
Weight: In Kilograms – 85 Kg
In Pounds – 187 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Salt and Pepper
Parents Name: Father – Anis Ahmed Rushdie
Mother – Negin Bhatt
Siblings: 3 sisters
School: King’s College
College: University of Cambridge
Religion: Atheist
Nationality: British-Indian
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Padma Lakshmi (m. 2004-2007)
Kids/Children Name: Zafar and Milan Rushdie
Profession: Novelist and essayist.
Net Worth: $20 Million
Last Updated: April 2024

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie FRSL is a novelist and essayist from the United Kingdom. His novel, which incorporates magical realism and historical fiction, centres on the various interactions, disruptions, and migrations that arise between Eastern and Western cultures, with most of his fiction centred on the Indian subcontinent.

Rushdie has lived in the United States since 2000. In 2015, he was named Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He had previously taught at Emory University. He was inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters of the United States of America. In 2012, he wrote Joseph Anton: A Book, a memoir of his life in the aftermath of the TSA crisis.

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Biography and Early Life

Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born on June 19, 1947, into a Kashmiri Muslim family in Bombay, then British India. Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a Cambridge-educated lawyer-turned-businessman, and Negin Bhatt, a teacher, are his parents. Anis Rushdie was sacked from the Indian Civil Services (ICS) after it was revealed that his birth certificate had been changed to make him look younger than he really was. Rushdie is the youngest of three sisters. In his 2012 biography, he claimed that his father took the name Rushdie after Averroes (Ibn Rushd).

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Salman Rushdie in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Salman Rushdie’s age is 76 years old as of today’s date 13th April 2024 having been born on 19 June 1947. Though, he is 5′ 6″ in feet and inches and 170 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 187 lbs in Pound and 85kg in Kilograms.


He attended Bombay’s Cathedral and John Connon Colleges, Rugby School in Warwickshire, and Cambridge’s King’s College, where he studied history.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Rushdie has had four marriages. From 1976 to 1987, he was married to Clarissa Luard, with whom he had a son, Zafar (born 1979). In the mid-’80s, he dumped her for Australian writer Robyn Davidson, whom he met through mutual friend Bruce Chatwin.

Marianne Wiggins, an American author, was his second wife; they married in 1988 and divorced in 1993. Elizabeth West was his third wife from 1997 to 2004; they have a son, Milan (born 1997). Padma Lakshmi, an Indian-American actress, model, and host of the American reality show Top Chef, married him in 2004. On July 2, 2007, the union came to an end.

Rushdie had surgery in 1999 to fix ptosis, a problem with the levator palpebrae muscle that was making it more difficult for him to open his eyes, according to him. “I wouldn’t have been able to open my eyes at all in a couple of years if I hadn’t had an operation,” he said. Rushdie has “been mainly near Union Square” in New York City since 2000. Tottenham Hotspur, an English football club, is his favourite team.

Is Salman Rushdie Gay?

No, he is not gay.

Professional Career

Rushdie worked as a copywriter for Ogilvy & Mather, where he created the phrases “irresistibubble” for Aero and “Naughty but Sweet” for cream cakes, and for Ayer Barker, where he created the phrase “That’ll do nicely” for American Express. The public and literary critics largely ignored Rushdie’s first book, Grimus (1975), a part-science fiction story.

Midnight’s Children (1981), his next book, shot him to literary fame. Midnight’s Children chronicles the story of a boy born at the stroke of midnight on the day India gained independence, who is blessed with unique abilities and a connection to other children born at the beginning of a modern and turbulent age.

Rushdie has a long series of critically acclaimed and financially popular books. He has been nominated for the Booker Award five times, for Midnight’s Children in 1981, Guilt in 1983, The Satanic Verses in 1988, The Moor’s Last Sigh in 1995, and Quichotte in 2019. He won the award in 1981.

Shalimar the Clown, his 2005 novel, won the coveted Hutch Crossword Book Award in India and was a finalist for the Whitbread Book Awards in the United Kingdom. It was nominated for the 2007 International Dublin Literary Award and was included on the shortlist. Rushdie’s dissertation has been the subject of 30 book-length reviews and over 700 articles.


Salman Rushdie has won many awards for his writings. The following decorations and distinctions have been conferred upon him:

  1. PEN Award for Excellence in Writing.
  2. Literature Prize for Hans Christian Andersen (2014).
  3. Outstanding Commitment to Cultural Humanism Over a Lifetime (Harvard University).
  4. PEN/Pinter Award (UK).
  5. Saint Louis Literary Award from the State Prize for Literature of the Saint Louis University Library Associates (Austria).
  6. 2019 Swiss Freethinkers Award.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Salman Rushdie in 2024

Salman Rushdie Net Worth
Salman Rushdie Net Worth

As of 2024, Rushdie’s hard work and success has earned him a net worth of $20 Million.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Salman Rushdie claims that if his writing career had not been successful, he would have pursued a career as an actor. He aspired to be a part of Hollywood films since he was a child.

Salman Rushdie as an essayist and novelist has achieved so much success in his career. His works are some of the best in the world and has inspired many other writers all over the world.


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