Malala Yousafzai Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Husband

Malala Yousafzai Net Worth

Malala Yousafzai has an estimated net worth of $2 million. She is a Pakistani women’s rights activist who became the youngest ever person to be awarded the ‘Nobel Prize’ when she won the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ in 2014. Malala is mainly known for her advocacy of female education in her native Swat Valley, Pakistan. She earns most of her income from book royalties and prize money. 

Born into a family of progressive thinkers and educationists, Malala started expressing her frustration over the restrictive practices of the Taliban in an anonymous blog when she was just 11 years old.

Malala wrote about how the Taliban were attempting to control the valley and trying to prevent girls from going to school. Her blog gained much prominence around the world and she soon became popular as an emerging activist who campaigned for girls’ rights to education. Encouraged by her father to freely express her thoughts, she became more vocal in voicing her opinion of women’s rights to education. 

Yousafzai advocated for girls’ education led to the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Yousafzai as she was walking home from school. She survived and has continued to advocate for the importance of education. In 2013, she addressed the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala.

To calculate the net worth of Malala Yousafzai, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:


Malala Yousafzai

Net Worth: $2 Million
Monthly Salary: $10 Thousand
Annual Income: $400 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Activist for female education, former blogger for BBC Urdu

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Early Life

Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan, in the Swat Valley.

Yousafzai’s hometown was a popular tourist destination known for its summer festivals for the first few years of her life. As the Taliban attempted to seize control, the area began to change.

Education Activist

Yousafzai attended a school that her father, educator Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. After the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in Swat, Yousafzai gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008. The title of her talk was, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

Yousafzai began blogging for the BBC in early 2009, when she was only 11 years old, about living under the Taliban’s threats to deny her an education. She went by the name Gul Makai to conceal her identity. However, in December of that year, she was revealed to be the BBC blogger.

With a growing public platform, Yousafzai continued to speak out about her right to an education, as well as the right of all women. In 2011, her activism earned her a nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize. She received Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize the same year.

Yousafzai and her family were informed by the Taliban that they had issued a death threat against her due to her activism. Though Yousafzai was concerned for her father’s safety as an anti-Taliban activist, she and her family initially believed that the fundamentalist group would not harm a child.

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Shot by the Taliban

On October 9, 2012, Yousafzai, then 15, was riding a bus with friends home from school when a masked gunman boarded and demanded to know which girl was Yousafzai. When her friends turned to look at Yousafzai, her location was revealed. Malala was shot in the left side of her head by the gunman, and the bullet traveled down her neck. The attack also injured two other girls.

Yousafzai was critically injured in the shooting and was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. To treat her swollen brain, a portion of her skull was removed. She was transferred to Birmingham, England, for further treatment.

Yousafzai was taken out of a medically induced coma once she arrived in the United Kingdom. Despite the fact that she would need multiple surgeries, including the repair of a facial nerve to restore the paralyzed left side of her face, she had suffered no major brain damage. She was able to start school in Birmingham in March 2013.

Following the shooting, there was an outpouring of love for Yousafzai that lasted throughout her recovery. Unfortunately, the Taliban still considers Yousafzai a target, despite her continued support for the power of education.

Speech at the U.N.

On her 16th birthday, nine months after being shot by the Taliban, Yousafzai delivered a speech at the United Nations. Yousafzai emphasized her commitment to education and women’s rights, pleading with world leaders to change their policies.

Following the attack, Yousafzai stated, “the terrorists thought they would change our goals and put an end to our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died.” “I was born with strength, power, and courage.”

Yousafzai also urged action against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism:

“The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women… Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”

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Malala Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared July 12th, Yousafzai’s birthday, ‘Malala Day’ in honor of the young leader’s activism to ensure education for all children during her 2013 speech at the United Nations. Ban stated during the announcement:

“Malala chose to mark her 16th birthday with the world. No child should have to die for going to school. Nowhere should teachers fear to teach or children fear to learn. Together, we can change the picture.”


In recognition of her efforts, the European Parliament awarded Yousafzai the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in October 2013. At the age of 17, Yousafzai became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014, alongside Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, but did not win. In March 2014, she was renominated. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Yousafzai, saying, “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud.” Her accomplishment is unparalleled and unrivaled. Girls and boys all over the world should take inspiration from her struggle and dedication.” Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referred to Yousafzai as “a brave and gentle peace advocate who became a global teacher through the simple act of going to school.”

Yousafzai was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in April 2017 by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to promote girls’ education. The appointment is the highest honor bestowed by the United Nations for a two-year period.

In April 2017, Yousafzai was also granted honorary Canadian citizenship. She is the sixth and youngest person in the country’s history to receive the honor.

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The Malala Fund

Yousafzai and her father established the Malala Fund in 2013 to ensure that girls around the world have access to 12 years of free, safe, and high-quality education. The Gulmakai Network — a reference to the pseudonym Yousafzai used when she wrote her BBC blog about life in Pakistan under Taliban rule — receives priority funding from the fund. Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey are among the countries where the majority of girls do not complete secondary school.

For her 18th birthday in July 2015, Yousafzai continued to work on global education by opening a school in Lebanon for Syrian refugee girls.

The Malala Fund covered the costs of the school, which was designed to admit nearly 200 girls aged 14 to 18. “Today, on my first day as an adult, I demand of leaders that we invest in books rather than bullets,” Yousafzai declared in one of the school’s classrooms.

That day, she wrote on The Malala Fund website: 

“The shocking truth is that world leaders have the money to fully fund primary AND secondary education around the world – but they are choosing to spend it on other things, like their military budgets. In fact, if the whole world stopped spending money on the military for just 8 days, we could have the $39 billion still needed to provide 12 years of free, quality education to every child on the planet.” 

Return to Pakistan

Yousafzai returned to Pakistan for the first time since her brutal 2012 attack on March 29, 2018. She met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi shortly after her arrival and delivered an emotional speech in his office.

“I have always dreamed of returning to my country in the last five years,” she said, adding, “I never wanted to leave.”

During her four-day trip, Yousafzai also visited her former home and a military-run cadet college in Mingora.

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‘I Am Malala’

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiography by Malala Yousafzai released in October 2013. It became an international bestseller. The book was abridged in 2018 for young chapter book readers as Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights.

‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’

In October 2017, Yousafzai released a children’s picture book about her life. Malala’s Magic Pencil depicts her childhood in Pakistan through the lens of a well-known TV show in which a young boy uses his magic pencil to help others. The magical pencil in the book instructs readers on how to make the world a better place. “My voice had grown so strong that the dangerous men attempted to silence me. They, however, failed “Yousafzai has written.

‘We Are Displaced’

Published in 2018, We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World explores Yousafzai’s story as well as the stories of girls she met in her travels to refugee camps in Colombia, Guatemala, Syria and Yemen.

‘He Named Me Malala’ Documentary

A documentary about Yousafzai’s life was released in October 2015. HE NAMED ME MALALA, directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman), provided viewers with an intimate look into the life of Yousafzai, her family, and her dedication to supporting girls’ education around the world.

College and Personal Life

Yousafzai enrolled at Oxford University in 2017 and plans to graduate in June 2020 with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. Yousafzai married Asser Malik in November 2021.

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