Habibollah Asgaroladi

Habibollah Asgaroladi Mosalman (Persian: حبيب‌الله عسگراولادی مسلمان‎‎; 3 January 1932 – 5 November 2013) was a leading senior Iranian politician who was the leader of Islamic Coalition Party, a highly influential conservative political party in Iran.[1] He was also a two-time presidential candidate, first in July 1981 and next in 1985. During the presidential elections in 1981, in which he ran for the presidency, an attempt was made to assassinate him outside his home in Iran Street, but this failed and resulted in his bodyguard being killed but Asgaroladi himself escaped largely unhurt.

Habibollah Asgaroladi
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Asgaroladi in 2012
Minister of Commerce
In office
3 November 1980 – 12 July 1984
Prime MinisterMohammad-Javad Bahonar
Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byKazam Pour-Ardabili
Succeeded byHossein Abedi Jafari
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 1980 – 3 November 1980
ConstituencyTehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority764,338 (46.7%)
Personal details
Born(1932-05-02)2 May 1932
Tehran, Iran
Died5 November 2013(2013-11-05) (aged 81)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyIslamic Coalition Party

Career and activitiesEdit

Asgaroladi was born to a wealthy merchant family in Damavand. His ancestors were Jews who converted to Shia islam[2][3][4][5][6] Asgaroladi is a senior member of Iran's Expediency Council. He spent many years at the forefront of the Iranian cabinet, serving as both Secretary of State for Social Security, Minister for Economy, Trade and Commerce as well as heading up the Homeland Security Agency and intelligence services in Iran. He ran in the 1981 and 1985 Presidential elections.[1] An attempt was made on his life in a failed assassination attempt in 1981.[7] Asgaroladi was a prominent member of Khomeini's inner circle and returned to Iran from Neuphle-le-Chateau with Araghi & Beheshti. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, he was chosen by Khomeini to be the founding father of the Khomeini Relief Foundation, the largest social welfare branch of the government in Iran. Some unofficial reports include him among the wealthiest individuals in Iran with a net worth of several billion dollars. Several members of the Asgaroladi family have been featured in the Fortune 500 ("Millionaire Mullahs" article), with Asadollah Asgaroladi possessing an estimated wealth of over USD $9 billion. The Asgaroladis are now amongst the wealthiest families in Iran with commercial interests in real estate, banking, healthcare and exports of dried fruits, nuts, caviar and saffron.[8]

Asgaroladi published his autobiography in 2012 and was presented with an award by Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian Parliament. He died on 5 November 2013 in Tehran's Dey Hospital after was hospitalized for more than two months. His funeral was attended by the Supreme Leader Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Mohsen Rafiqdoost, Ali Larijani and many other senior government officials.[9][10]

Related PagesEdit


  1. ^ a b Mehrzad Boroujerdi; Kourosh Rahimkhani. "Iran's Political Elite". United States Institute of Peace. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  2. ^ http://iwpr.net/report-news/sad-fate-iran%E2%80%99s-jews
  3. ^ https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2003/0721/056.html
  4. ^ http://www.kosherdelight.com/Iranleaders.htm
  5. ^ https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2012/06/media-watch-an-insiders-view-iran-ready-to-do-business-with-the-west.html
  6. ^ http://www.geni.com/ projects/ Notable-Jews-of-Persia-the-Arabian-Peninsula/ 13198
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/21/world/around-the-world-gunmen-in-iran-wound-a-presidential-candidate.html
  8. ^ IRVAJ Persian Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ عسگر اولادی درگذشت Habibollah Asgaroladi dies
  10. ^ حبیب الله عسگر اولادی درگذشت Archived 5 November 2013 at Archive.today
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha
2nd Vice Speaker of Parliament of Iran
Succeeded by
Mohammad Yazdi
Party political offices
New title Secretary-General of Islamic Coalition Party
Succeeded by
Mohammad Nabi Habibi