Ebrahim Raisi Fast Facts: You Need To Know

Ebrahim Raisi Fast Facts: You Need To Know

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has died in a helicopter crash at age 63, the government confirmed.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, ranked higher than Raisi in terms of power. Leading negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani has been named acting foreign minister, and Iran’s first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, is now acting president.

Personal Details of Ebrahim Raisi

Birth date: December 14, 1960

Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran

Full name: Sayyid Ebrahim Raisol-Sadati

Father: Seyyed Haji, a cleric

Mother: Sayyedeh Esmat Khodadad Husseini

Marriage: Jamileh Alamolhoda (1983-present)

Children: Two daughters

Education: Attended seminary in Qom; Shahid Motahari University, Ph.D in law

Religion: Islamic, Shiite Muslim

Other Facts about Ebrahim Raisi

His father passed away when Raisi was 5 years old.

Wears a black turban, signifying that he is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.

Has long opposed engagement with the West and is a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

Raisi is the first elected Iranian leader who is under US sanctions.


Early 1980s – Prosecutor for the cities of Karaj and Hamadan.

1985-1988 – Deputy prosecutor of Tehran, Iran.

1988 – According to different rights groups, Raisi is part of a four-person “death panel” which allegedly oversees the mass execution of up to 5,000 political prisoners. To date, Raisi has never publicly commented on these allegations, but it’s believed that he rarely leaves Iran for fear of retribution or international justice over the executions.

1989-1994 – Prosecutor general of Tehran.

1994-2004 – Head of the General Inspection Organization, tasked with investigating misconduct and corruption.

2004-2014 – First deputy chief justice.

2006 – Raisi is elected to the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that appoints the supreme leader.

2012 – Becomes prosecutor general of the Special Court for the Clergy.

2014-2016 – Prosecutor general of Iran.

2016-2019 – Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, a foundation reportedly worth billions, and responsible for managing the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad.

May 19, 2017 – Loses in the presidential election to Hassan Rouhani, claiming 38.5% of the vote to Rouhani’s 57%.

March 7, 2019 – Ayatollah Khamenei appoints Raisi as chief justice.

March 12, 2019 – Elected deputy chief of the Assembly of Experts.

November 4, 2019 – The US Department of the Treasury sanctions Raisi, citing his participation in the 1988 “death commission” and also a United Nations report indicating that Iran’s judiciary approved the execution of at least nine children between 2018 and 2019.

June 19, 2021 – is proclaimed the victor of Iran’s unusually low-key presidential election. As per Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli, Raisi received about 18 million of the nearly 29 million votes that were cast. A large number of Iranians who supported change had declined to participate in what was viewed as an inevitable outcome. Only 48.8% of voters cast ballots overall, which is the lowest percentage since the Islamic Republic of Iran was founded in 1979.

June 21, 2021, Raisi says he would not meet with US President Joe Biden in his first international news conference since winning the presidency, even if both sides could agree on conditions to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal, in which Iran agreed to stop uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of crippling US sanctions.

August 5, 2021 – Is officially sworn in as president.

November 2023 – Raisi is in Saudi Arabia for a meeting where Muslim and Arab leaders denounce Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza. “We have gathered here today to discuss the focus of the Islamic world, which is the Palestinian cause, where we’ve witnessed the worst crimes in history,” says Raisi in her speech during the summit.

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