Sahebzada Mir Barkat Ali Khan Siddiqi Mukarram Jah Asaf Jah VIII (Urdu: صاحبزادہ میر برکت علی خان صديقى مکرم جاہ آصف جاہ ہشتم)(Telugu: మీర్ బర్కాత్ ఆలీ ఖాన్ ముకరం జా ఆసాఫ్ జా) (born 6 October 1934), less formally known as Mukarram Jah, is an Indian king who became the titular Nizam of Hyderabad upon the death of his grandfather in 1967.
|Born||6 October 1934|
Hilafet Palace, Nice, France
|Regnal name claimed||Asaf Jah VIII|
|Title(s)||Nizam of Hyderabad|
|Throne(s) claimed||Hyderabad State|
|Pretend from||24 February 1967–present |
(Titular Nizam of Hyderabad)
|Last monarch||Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII|
|Royal House||House of Asaf Jah|
|Mother||Princess Durru Shehvar, Imperial Princess of the Ottoman Empire|
|Spouse||Princess Esra Birgin |
Jameela Boularous (co-wife)
Princess Orchedi (co-wife)
|Children||Prince Azmet Jah Sahebzada Mir Azmet Ali Khan Siddiqi |
Azam Jah Sahebzada Alexander Ali Khan Siddiqi
Umar Jah, Sahebzada Mohammod Umar Ali Khan Siddiqi (deceased)
|Predecessor||Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII|
Mukarram Jah was born to Azam Jah, the son and heir of Osman Ali Khan, the last reigning Nizam of Hyderabad state, by his wife Princess Durru Shehvar, daughter of the last Caliph of the Ottoman Empire, ‘Abdu’l-Mijid II. Jah was educated in India at The Doon School, Dehradun where he finished most of his schooling. He then completed the rest of his education in Harrow, Peterhouse, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, and Sandhurst.
Jah was a friend of India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and stated in 2010 that Nehru had wanted him to become his personal envoy or the Indian ambassador to a Muslim country. His two main palaces in Hyderabad, Chowmahalla and Falaknuma, have been restored and opened to the public, the former as a museum showcasing the era of the Nizams and the latter as a luxury hotel. The Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel opened in February 2010, having been leased to the Taj Group, after some ten years of renovations.
Like his father, Mukarram was the richest man in India until the 1980s. However, in the 1990s he lost some assets to divorce settlements. His net worth is nevertheless estimated at $US1 billion.
Marriages and issueEdit
Mukarram Jah married five times. His first wife was a Turkish princess, Esra Birgin (b. 1936), and they married in 1959. Jah left his Hyderabad palace for a sheep station in the Australian outback and divorced his wife, who did not want to move with him. In 1979, he married a former air hostess and employee of the BBC, Helen Simmons (b. 1949 – d. 1989); she converted to Islam and changed her name to Aysha. After her death, he married Manolya Onur (b. 1954 – d. 2017), a former Miss Turkey in 1992, and divorced her after a five-year marriage in 1997.
Sons and daughtersEdit
By Esra Birgin, Mukarram Jah had one son and one daughter:
- Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Azmet Ali Khan Siddiqi Bayafendi Bahadur (b. 1962), also known as Azmet Jah (heir apparent), married 1994, has worked as a cameraman.
- Sahibzadi Shehkyar Unisa Begum (b. 1964), unmarried and without issue
By Helen Simmons he had two sons:
- Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Alexander Azam Khan Siddiqi Bayafendi Bahadur (b. 1979)
- Walashan Nawab Sahibzada Mir Mohammod Umar Khan Siddiqi Bayafendi Bahadur (1984-2004) deceased due to drug overdose
By Manolya Onur he had a daughter:
- Sahebzadi Nilufer Unisa Begum (b. 1992)
By Jameela Boularous he had a daughter:
- Sahebzadi Zairin Unisa Begum (b. 1994)
His Highness Prince Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VIII, Muzaffar ul-Mamalik, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Barakat 'Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar.
- Military titles
The palaces he owns
|Ancestors of Mukarram Jah|
- Zubrzycki, John (2006), The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback, Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, ISBN 1-4050-3722-9
- Hyderabad at royalark.net
- Nizam Mukarram Jah Trust at deccanchronicle.com
- "Princess Durru Shehvar passes away", The Hindu, 9 February 2006
- Buyers, Christopher (August 2008). "Hyderabad: The Asaf Jahi Dynasty Genealogy". Retrieved 30 December 2008.
- Singh, Kishore (30 March 2007), "India's wealthiest man the country forgot", Business Standard
- "Nehru had big plans for me, says Mukarram Jah", The Times of India, 14 March 2010
- Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad - Opening February 2010, February 2010, archived from the original on 22 March 2010
- Natwest Bank account freeze
- Costliest divorce in India
- Guruswamy, Mohan (May 2008). "Books: The Last Nizam by John Zubrzycki. Picador India, Delhi, 2006". City of Hope: a symposium on Hyderabad and its syncretic culture. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
- Dalrymple, William (8 December 2007), "The lost world", Guardian
- "Turkish Beauty Fights for Justice", The Times of India, 21 March 2006, archived from the original on 20 January 2010
- Shrivastava, Namita A (19 March 2006), "Princess diaries", The Times of India
- "Nizam lands in $7-lakh soup", The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, 24 March 2006
- Leonard, Karen Isaksen (2007), Locating Home: India's Hyderabadis Abroad, Stanford University Press, p. 111, ISBN 0-8047-5442-X
- Parasher, Paritosh (31 August 2001), "Nizam's descendant faces unpaid wages charge in Aussie court", Indo-Asian News Service
- Farida, Syeda (10 February 2005), "I belong to a lot of countries", The Hindu
- Soszynski, Henry (20 June 2005). "HH Walashan Nawab Mir BEREKET ALI KHAN Mukarram Jah". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
- Buyers, Christopher. "The Asaf Jahi Dynasty: Genealogy". The Royal Ark. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- Buyers, Christopher. "The Imperial House of Osman: Genealogy". The Royal Ark. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006.
- Harun Açba, Kadın efendiler: 1839-1924 (2004) p.214-215
Mukarram JahBorn: 6 October 1934
|Titles in pretence|
Osman Ali Khan, Asif Jah VII
|— TITULAR —
Nizam of Hyderabad
1967 – present