Queen Noor of Jordan Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Queen Noor of Jordan Net Worth

Queen Noor of Jordan has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Queen Noor of Jordan, who was the consort of King Hussein, was trained as an urban planner and works as a philanthropist and world activist.

Queen Noor of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby in Washington, D.C.. During her early career, she worked in international urban planning in the United States, Australia, Iran and the Arab world. She married King Hussein in 1978 and became known for her philanthropic work.

Among other things, she advocated for children, promoted peace and the elimination of land mines, protected the environment from climate change, and worked to promote understanding between cultures.

In recognition of her efforts, Queen Noor has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humanities. She has also published two books, Hussein of Jordan and Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life, which became a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 17 languages.

To calculate the net worth of Queen Noor of Jordan, 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:

Name: Queen Noor of Jordan
Net Worth: $10 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand
Annual Income: $3 Million
Source of Wealth: Queen

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Early Life

On August 23, 1951, in Washington, D.C., Queen Noor of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby. Her father, Najeeb Elias Halaby, was born in Dallas, Texas, of Syrian descent, and rose through the ranks to become the head of the Federal Aviation Administration under President John F. Kennedy. He also served as the CEO of Pan American World Airways.

Doris Carlquist, her mother, was born in Leavenworth, Washington, of Swedish ancestry, and studied political science at the University of Washington. Lisa grew up in a wealthy family where public service was valued.

She attended exclusive private schools such as the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., The Chapin School in New York City, and Concord Academy in Massachusetts before enrolling in Princeton University’s first co-educational class in 1969.

Lisa returned to Princeton in 1972, having taken a break from academics to waitress, ski, and study photography in Aspen, Colorado. She returned to architecture and urban planning with renewed vigor and drive.

She flew to Australia after graduating in 1973 to work for an architectural firm specializing in the design of new towns. Her steadily growing interest in Arab culture took shape at this time in the form of a job offer from Llewelyn-Davies, Weeks—a British architectural firm commissioned to re-plan Teheran—which she immediately accepted.

Marriage to King Hussein of Jordan

Lisa returned to the United States in 1976, intending to pursue a master’s degree in journalism and considering a career in television production. Meanwhile, her father had just accepted an offer from the Jordanian government to assist in the redesign of their airlines, forming Arab Air Services.

He hired Lisa, who left the Columbia School of Journalism to work as the Director of Facilities Planning and Design for the airline he founded. She helped design the Arab Air University, which will be built in Jordan’s capital, as well as a housing company for Royal Jordanian Airlines employees.

During this time, Lisa attended several important social events in Jordan, including the opening of Queen Alia International Airport in 1977, where she met King Hussein.

The King, who was still grieving the death of his third wife, Alia, in a helicopter crash that year, took a keen interest in the airport named in her honor. King Hussein and Halaby became friends after their first meeting, and by 1978, their friendship had evolved into a romance.

Lisa later told Vanity Fair’s Dominick Dunne: “We had our first date on a motorcycle. It was the only way we could get away on our own.” On May 13, 1978, King Hussein proposed to Lisa after a six-week courtship.

Lisa Najeeb Halaby became the first American-born queen of an Arab country on June 15, 1978, taking the name Noor al-Hussein, or “Light of Hussein.” She married King Hussein in a traditional Islamic ceremony at the Zaharan Palace, with Queen Noor as the only woman in attendance.

Although the Jordanians were initially offended by King Hussein’s choice of a non-Arab-Muslim bride, they soon warmed to the union after witnessing Queen Noor’s genuine interest and commitment to Jordan, as well as her conversion to Islam.

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Queen of Jordan

Queen Noor’s accession to the throne was fraught with difficulties, which were exacerbated by her status as a foreigner with an extremely liberal background. She quickly assumed responsibility for managing the royal household as well as raising three small children from Hussein’s previous marriage to Alia. She also needed bodyguards all the time because King Hussein had survived more than 25 assassination attempts.

The queen eagerly accepted and excelled in her official duties, focusing on the advancement of Jordan’s educational system. Queen Noor assisted in the establishment of the Jubilee School, a three-year coeducational high school for gifted students, to address the issue of Jordan’s most talented youth leaving to study abroad.

She also devoted time and resources to preserving and celebrating Jordan’s cultural heritage, assisting in the establishment of the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts, an annual event featuring dance, poetry, and music that drew thousands of visitors. She also founded the Arab Children’s Congress, an annual program for Arab children of all nationalities that focuses on their shared heritage.

Queen Noor also addressed the issue of women’s rights. Although she advocated for increased educational and employment opportunities for women, founding the Women and Development Project, she remained sensitive to the concerns of those who were religiously prohibited from working outside the home. “I believe in expanding the options available to women while not telling them that they are not fulfilling themselves if they do not have a job,” she told The New York Times.

In 1985, she consolidated all of her development initiatives under the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF). She also served on a number of international boards dedicated to the advancement of peace, positive educational and cultural development, and the conservation of wildlife and natural resources.

Queen Noor’s political involvement has been decidedly behind the scenes due to her American birth, despite the fact that she relinquished her US citizenship when she married King Hussein. However, when King Hussein criticized American policy in the Middle East and the US’ one-sided support for Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1984, Noor stood by his side in solidarity.

“If a lasting peace in the Middle East is to be realized, it is time for the United States to bring its practices in line with an active and unambiguous exercise of the principles that govern its democracy,” Noor said during a speech at the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. Some Americans have criticized her allegiance to Jordanian interests, while Islamic fundamentalists have accused her of overstepping the traditional boundaries of her role as queen.

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Husband’s Death

King Hussein was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to remove it from his ureter and left kidney. In 1998, the King returned to the Mayo Clinic for treatment of lymphatic cancer.

On February 7, 1999, King Hussein died in the Royal Suite of the Al Hussein Medical Center after receiving ongoing treatment, including a bone marrow transplant that his body rejected.

He bypassed his brother Prince Hassan and named his eldest son, Abdullah, as his heir to the throne less than two weeks before his death.

Queen Noor handled her husband’s death with grace and courage, comforting the bereaved nation. She had to redefine her role and position in the Arab world as a young widowed queen.

King Hussein Foundation International

After King Hussein’s death in 1999, Noor established the King Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI). KHFI is made up of several organizations dedicated to carrying on King Hussein’s legacy of promoting peace in Jordan and the Middle East.

Since 2001, the King Hussein Leadership Prize has been awarded to individuals, groups, or institutions who have demonstrated inspiring leadership in their efforts to promote sustainable development, human rights, tolerance, social equity, and peace.

As chair of the organizations, Queen Noor has invested in the launch of new programs and the recognition of those who have taken steps toward peace.

The annual Media and Humanity Program, which began in 2007 and encourages the reconciliation of different cultures, particularly those focused on Muslim or Middle Eastern culture, was part of that initiative.

Queen Noor has also recognized the importance of social media in providing a voice to women, one of the underrepresented groups she works with. “Twitter and Facebook have been a catalyst for organizing people on the ground, identifying human rights violations, and providing a voice, particularly for women, that would not otherwise have been heard,” Queen Noor told The Telegraph.

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Other Initiatives and Impact

Queen Noor has made environmental concerns a priority in her efforts to promote human security and conflict resolution.

She is a Patron of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Founding and Emeritus President of BirdLife International, an Emeritus Trustee of Conservation International, a member of the Ocean Elders, and the recipient of numerous awards and other honors for her activism.

Queen Noor, a long-time supporter of a just Arab-Israeli peace and Palestinian refugees, is the Director of Refugees International and an outspoken advocate for the protection of civilians in conflict and displaced people worldwide.

Her advocacy includes support for Iraqis who were displaced following the 2003 Iraq war, as well as millions of Syrians who have been displaced since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. She has also served as a UN expert advisor on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Central Asia and on behalf of Colombia’s displaced people.

She is a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons, which was established at the 1996 G8 summit to promote reconciliation and conflict resolution following the Balkans war and is now the world’s leading provider of DNA-assisted identifications to countries dealing with natural disasters, human rights violations, and conflict.

Queen Noor has been an advisor and global advocate for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines since 1998, working with governments in Central and Southeast Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America to join the treaty and assisting NGOs and land mine survivors in their efforts to recover and reclaim their lives.

She is also a founding member of Global Zero, an international movement dedicated to the total abolition of nuclear weapons. She represented Global Zero at the 2009 UN Security Council meeting and served as an advisor on the documentary film Countdown to Zero, about the escalating global nuclear arms threat, released in 2010.

She is also involved in a number of other international organizations that promote global peace and conflict resolution.

She is the President of the United World Colleges, a network of 16 equal-opportunity international IB colleges around the world that promote cross-cultural understanding and global peace; an Aspen Institute Trustee; and an advisor to Search For Common Ground and Trust Women, the Thomson Reuters Foundation annual conference aimed at putting the rule of law behind women’s rights.

Family and Title

Queen Noor and King Hussein had four children together: Prince Hamzah, born in 1980; Prince Hashim, born in 1981; Princess Iman, born in 1983; and Princess Raiyah, born in 1986.

On the importance of her title and royal regalia, Noor told the Washington Post, “What is important about me is independent of all that. What is important to everyone in life is independent of all that. And what’s important about my husband was also independent of that.”

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